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    Wednesday, August 16, 2017   /   by Brooke Cole

    'For Sale by Owner' -- Risks You Need to Know

    You've heard it before and you will hear it again! There are risks to selling your own property!
    Of course, as REALTORs we want you to work with us, but we also care about the people in our community. We want to make sure you are protected.

    Some things to consider before you put up that FSBO sign....

    Are you really saving any time on your FSBO?
    Do you know who to call if you have a question?
    Are you available at any time for showings? How mad will you be when you find out they aren't even serious buyers? Did you know they weren't pre-approved for a mortgage?
    Do you have time to plan your marketing strategy?
    How long can you wait for it to sell?

    According to Zillow, "An attorney not familiar with real estate processes and closing procedures could cost you hundreds of dollars and delay the closing."

    Are you really saving money on your FSBO?
    Want to price it right? Appraisals can cost hundreds of dollars.
    Want someone to review the legal documents? Lawyers ain't cheap. ...

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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. 
    Before:

    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

    People of note from Cape Coral

    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 ...

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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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    Wednesday, June 14, 2017   /   by Brooke Cole

    Cape Coral Business Tax Incentives

    Business tax incentives for corporations in Florida (per the City of Cape Coral) include:

    No corporate income tax on limited partnerships
    No corporate income tax on subchapter S-corporations
    No corporate franchise on capital stock
    No state personal income tax
    No state-level property tax assessment
    No property tax on business inventories
    No property tax on goods manufactured or produced in Florida for export outside the state
    No sales tax on purchases of raw materials incorporated in a final product for resale, including non-reusable containers or packaging

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