Tuesday, November 5, 2019 / by Brooke Cole
One of the most important steps in purchasing a home is the home inspection!
When you buy, the contract has a written number of days for you to have the home inspected before you decide whether you want to move forward. This home inspection period is crucial. During that time, if you determine you want to back out of the deal, you get your earnest money deposit back!
It's so important to see what a licensed inspector has to say of the house. At The Cole Team, we have a list of trusted inspectors you can use!
However, there are a few myths and misconceptions we hear regarding home inspections.
An inspector does not pass or fail a home on the inspection. The home inspector's job is to give you a closer look at any issues they might've found while inspecting the home. Once they send you the report on the defects found in the home, it's up to you to decide whether to move forward with the deal or to cancel.
2. Defects and Repairs
Don't assume a seller has to mak ...
Friday, October 11, 2019 / by Lauren McGinnis
Struggling to come up with a down payment? You're not alone. According to a recent survey from Apartment List, 62% of millennial renters say that's their main reason for delaying buying a home. Of that group, 48% say they have no money for a down payment.
Saving thousands of dollars can feel overwhelming but luckily there are several options to help realize the dream of owning your own home. Not all of the programs are publicized. That's where working with a REALTOR can help! Here are some tips to help you find the right down payment assistance for you.
The first thing we recommend is to ask your REALTOR or lender. They would be able to help guide you to programs best matching your criteria or, at the very least, put you on the right track.
If you do not have a REALTOR yet, start with a national search. When you search for programs that aren't connected to a specific location, you give yourself more options. Doing your own research will not o ...
Friday, October 4, 2019 / by Lauren McGinnis
Happy October! The city of Cape Coral has some wonderful events happening this month all around town. If you are looking for some fun activities for you and the family, look no further! We have compiled everything into one easy to find place for you. You can also follow our facebook page to keep up to date with all local events https://www.facebook.com/TheColeTeamSWFL/
5 - Nature of Cape Coral Bus Tour
(Rotary Park | 8 AM - 12 PM | $15 per person)
5 - Howl-O-Ween at the Tony Rotino Center
(10:30 AM - 12:00 PM | $5 per dog | Cape Coral Yacht Club)
5 - Free Family Movie Night at Youth Center
(5:30 - 8:00 PM | William Austen Youth Center)
11 - Open Studio and Gallery Reception
(5 - 7 PM | Cape Coral Arts Studio | Free)
12 - Cape Bike Night
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 / by Brooke Cole
Oktoberfest at Fort Myers Brewing
Running Thursday - Sunday the 6th (Times vary)
“Dust off your lederhosen and grab Das Boot, it’s time for Fort Myers Brewing's 7th Annual Oktoberfest!” There will be a food truck rally and live music.
Thursday times: 3 P.M. - 11 P.M.
Fort Myers Brewing Company
12811 Commerce Lakes Dr. #28, Fort Myers, FL 33913
FB Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/469586150545822/?event_time_id=469586157212488
Farmer Mike’s 5th Annual Fall Festival & Haunted Attractions
Runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays October 4th - 27th
Times vary by day.
Includes their newest attraction: Zombie Paintball, a 10 acre family-friendly corn maze and of course, “Pick Your Own Pumpkin”
Farmer Mike’s U Pick
26031 Morton Ave. Bonita Springs, FL 34135
FB Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/652473405287088/?event_time_id=656169724917456
Ticket Website: https://www.farmermikesu ...
Friday, September 20, 2019 / by Lauren McGinnis
Right now builder confidence has hit a high for 2019. According to National Association of Home Builders, the Wells Fargo Housing Market Index which measures builders attitudes, has reached a record 68 points this month.
The index has been holding in the mid 60 range since May of this year. Readings that are above 50 points are considered positive and show that builders are confident in moving forward with new construction. Low interest rates and a solid demand are continuing to fuel builders sentiments even thought there have been some ongoing supply challenges that have hindered the affordability of the housing being built.
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Chief Economist Robert Dietz says, "Solid should formations and attractive mortgage rates are contributing to a positive builder outlook. However, builders are expressing growing concerns regarding uncertainty stemming from the trade dispute with China." NAHB's home building index does indicate that t ...