Wednesday, March 14, 2018 / by Brooke Cole
What do you picture when you think of retirement? Is it sunshine? Palm Trees? Boating? Drinks by the pool?
If that's the case, you're probably right in considering Cape Coral.
We have the water, weather, sunshine, views, restaurants, you name it.
It's easy to understand why Forbes ranks it in the top 25 places to retire.
Now that you know what city to aim for, there are also some factors to consider. I recently read an article by "Keeping Current Matters." I loved what it had to say. I work with a lot of people moving to this area for retirement, so I thought you might enjoy the highlights as well. Their key points to consider include affordability, equity, maintenance, security, pets, mobility, and convenience.
Now -- here's where we TRULY excel:
Cape Coral average sale prices:
Single Family Homes: $241,100
Condos (Low-High-Rise): $159,416
Let's be honest, it's hard pressed to find anywhere else where you can live on the water at such an affordable ...
Monday, March 12, 2018 / by Brooke Cole
Cape Coral, Single Family Homes
$100k-$150k = 8
$150k-$200k = 214
$200k-$250k = 468
$250k-$300k = 325
$300k-$350k = 236
$350k-$400k = 168
$400k-$500k = 231
$500k-$600k = 107
$600k-$700k = 88
$700k-$800k = 54
$800k-$900k = 37
$900k-$1M = 11
$1M+ = 68
As of February, 2018:
Median Days to Sell: 38
Median List Price: $257,000
Feb. List Price by Sq.Ft. Ratio: $163
March List Price vs. Sale Price: List = $259,990, Sale = $252,995
$75k-$100k = 1
$100k- $150k = 21
$150k-$200k = 191
$200k-$250k = 244
$250k-$300k = 141
$300k-$350k = 66
$350k-$400k = 39
$400k-$450k = 40
$450k-$500k = 18
$500k-$600k = 25
$600k-$700k = 10
$700k-$800k = 7
$800k-$900k = 4
$900k-$1M = 2
$1M+ = 9
Monday, June 26, 2017 / by Brooke Cole
We all know that great feeling of walking into a never-been-lived-in, clean home. Usually, that means the builder just finished construction. Everything is brand spankin' new. Seems perfect, right? Well, there are some other facts about older homes you might want to consider before you exclude everything 2010 and older from your home search.
Our daughter Brooke took the challenge of turning around an eyesore house to a whole new level. In all seriousness, it became a MAJOR project for all of us, but we renovated it and we renovated it with STYLE. Realtor.com recently released an article called "5 Reasons Why Buying an Old House Is a Great Idea." Now, we're breaking it down to show you we agree, based on real-life experience.
Keep in mind as you read this.... her house was built in 1966. You don't need to go THAT old, but it can be done.
She's still working on that front yard. Also, forgive the terrible cell phone photo. ...
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 / by Brooke Cole
Facts about the great city of Cape Coral:
Situated on the Gulf of Mexico
Connected to Fort Myers by two main bridges
Founded in 1957
Largest city between Tampa and Miami
Nicknamed “Waterfront Wonderland”
More than 400 miles of navigable waterways
More miles of canals than any other city in the world
Averages 355 days of sunshine
Averages 54 inches of rain annually
2010 Census Total Population: 154,305
SWFL’s 18-24 age group is growing at the fastest rate in the state of Florida and the U.S.
First city in the country to use the reverse osmosis process on a large scale
City economy is based on Health care services, retail, and real estate/construction
Features a sandy beach and fishing pier on the Caloosahatchee River at the public Yacht Basin & Club
Home to more than 30 recreational parks
Home to more than seven golf courses
Situated within 15 miles of a variety of Gulf beaches (Sanibel Island, Fort Myers Beach, etc.)
Home to three i ...
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 / by Brooke Cole
Notable People from Cape Coral:
Nate Allen – Safety for the Miami Dolphins (2010 – Present)
Mike Zunino – Seattle Mariners Catcher (2013 – Present)
Pat Burke – NBA player for the Orlando Magic (2002-2003), Phoenix Suns (2005-2007)
Stacy Carter – Professional Wrestler
Beverly DiRenzo – Professional Body Builder
Earnest Graham – NFL Running Back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2003-2011)
Mike Greenwell – Major League Red Sox Player (1985 – 1996)
Jessica Holmes – TV Host and News Anchor
Hilary Hemingway – Author and niece of Ernest Hemingway
Jeff Lindsay – “Dexter” series author and creator
Seth Petruzelli – Mixed Martial Arts Fighter
Jason Smith – Olympic Curler
Greg Spires – NFL player (1998 – 2008) New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Oakland Raiders
Angela Watson – Actress “Step by ...