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Friday, October 25, 2019   /   by Lauren McGinnis

Are you jumping on the trend of throwing a pumpkin carving party?

Halloween week is almost upon us, and nothing says Halloween quite like carved pumpkins! Hosting pumpkin carving parties, and even competitions, for family and friends has become a new trend. If you are jumping on board and hosting a party this weekend we have some ideas to help make it fun for everyone!

First we suggest you keep things easy and casual. You are going to get messy when carving and scraping out the pumpkin, so keeping everything light and easy will not only save you time on decorating but also clean up. Set up a few folding tables with disposable table cloths, a few pumpkin carving tools and designs for everyone to use. Top it off with some music and let the pumpkins be the decorations. 

Of course you will want some food to snack on while working, creating a grazing table or buffet with small finger foods will keep everyone happy. Don't spend time making an elaborate meal, keep it simple. Everyone is going to want to focus on why they are there in the first pl ...

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Friday, October 18, 2019   /   by Lauren McGinnis

Does your kitchen need an upgrade? Here are some perfect kitchen upgrades that don't require a total remodel!

When you look at your kitchen are you inspired to cook up a feast? Or does your kitchen make you want to order take out?

If your kitchen leaves you wanting more, but you just don't have the time or the budget to go for a full on remodel then don't worry! We have found the perfect kitchen upgrades, that don't require you to gut and completely remodel your area, that will have you wanting to host a dinner party in no time! 

Zillow.com recently conducted a study and found these 7 zones to be the best places to upgrade without breaking the bank. They suggest focusing on any combination of the 7 main zones when planning a kitchen upgrade. The zones are; cabinets, backsplash, countertops, shelving, lighting, pulls and knobs, and appliances and plumbing.

If you are ready to jump into a kitchen upgrade in any of these zones, this is what Zillow recommends for each zone so that you can get the most bang for your buck. 


Cabinets - can be repainted, refaced, or replaced i ...

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Friday, October 11, 2019   /   by Lauren McGinnis

Struggling to save up for a down payment? You have options!

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 ...

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Friday, October 04, 2019   /   by Lauren McGinnis

Cape Coral Community Events

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
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Friday, September 06, 2019   /   by Lauren McGinnis

Housing Market Sentiment Hits An All Time High

  Each month Fannie Mae conducts a survey of approx. 1,000 Americans via telephone interview. Fannie Mae's National Housing Survey is the most detailed consumer survey conducted right now. 

The goal of this survey is to assess their individual attitudes toward: 


Owning or renting their home
Home rental price changes 
Homeownership distress
The current economy 
Household finances
Overall consumer confidence

  The homeowners and renters surveyed are asked more than 100 questions. Their answers are used to help track shifts in their attitudes toward homeownership. Their answers will help industry partners and market participants target the collective efforts to stabilize the housing market. 

  The answers that Fannie Mae collects from the survey are then used to help create the Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI). The HPSI takes all of the information gathered and creates a single number to be used. The number then reflects the c ...

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