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Monday, June 26, 2017   /   by Brooke Cole

Buying "Older" Rather Than "Newer"

Hello friends,

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. 
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Middle:

After:

She's still working on that front yard. Also, forgive the terrible cell phone photo. ...

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017   /   by Brooke Cole

Getting to know Cape Coral

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 ...

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017   /   by Brooke Cole

Cape Coral snags top spots on "Top City" lists

No.1 “Fastest Growing City in the U.S.” -- Forbes
“Top 25 Cities to Retire in the U.S.” – Forbes
“Top 10 Housing Investment Cities in the U.S.” - Forbes
Cape Coral-Fort Myers MSA -- No. 1 metro area for “Anticipated Job Gains in 2016” -- HIS Global Insight research firm

No. 4 in the U.S. for the “Most Anticipated Economic Growth” at 4.5%  -- Bloomberg, 2015

No. 2 in the 10 Hottest Real Estate Markets to Watch in 2017 – Trulia

No. 2 on Top 10 Cities Where People are Moving in 2017 – Trulia

No. 75 “Top 150 Cities for Millennials” – Millennial Personal Finance
No. 15 “Best Performing Cities” in 2016 for Large Cities -- Milken Institute

No. 34 "Best Cities to Start a Family" -- LendEDU.com
No. 5 “Fastest Growing Metro Areas” -- U.S. Census Bureau’s
Best in the nation for job growth using labor-market data from Emsi. (July 2016) &ndas ...

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