Cape Coral Lake front Condo for Sale!

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Cape Coral Lake Front Condo
 Today we want to share with you our latest  #SWFL listing –  a beautiful 2/2 Lake Front Condo in Cape Coral, FL

$150,000

Lakefront western exposure with spectacular views in SW Cape Coral. Close to Cape Coral Parkway and within easy walking distance to Publix. This spacious condo features gulf access via Redfish Cove. There is a community boat dock with ample space for your boat. The unit also features an additional storage closet for beach chairs and other outdoor items located near your covered parking spot. Inside, the great room and master bedroom face Lake Louise. Both featuring pocket sliders open to the full length lanai. Washer & dryer and additional interior storage round out a great usable condo. With this view, we don’t expect it to last long so call today for your private tour.  Listing #215051761   Virtual Tour
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Cape Coral News – Boat Lock to be Removed

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Cape Coral News

July 27, 2015 the Cape Coral City Council voted unanimously to approve a plan to remove the Chiquita Boat Lock by Cape Harbour & Rum Runners restaurant in SW Cape Coral.

Bob Ashworth on the waterThis is great news for all of us who live on gulf access canals west of Chiquita Blvd and access the Caloosahatchee River and Gulf of Mexico via the Chiquita Lock.

In my nearly 10 years of boating from behind the lock I have only experienced a long wait a handful of times while trying to get out to open water in the morning, or back home at the end of the day. That said, I do know when to avoid the lock due to congestion that typically occurs on the weekends in “season”. Late morning from 10:00 to 11:30 or so heading out, and mid afternoon 4:00 to 5:00 pm or so on the way back in are typically the peak of traffic. A normal wait during non peak times can be anywhere from cruise right into the open lock, to 5 or 10 minutes of wait time.

Of course it takes time to wait for other boaters to get into the lock, get positioned, then get back out when the other side opens up. It seems like there are almost always new boaters who don’t know how to handle their boat in tight quarters also. Sometimes you can offer guidance, but often they may speak another language like German, so offering advice is fruitless.

SWFL BoatingWhen the lock was built, the area was sparsely populated, and homes were serviced by private well and septic systems. The entire area has since been improved to be serviced by city water and sewer so that septic leakage is no longer a concern. In addition, the city enacted a fertilizer ordinance in November 2010 outlawing fertilizer use altogether during the rainy season from June 1st through September 30th. Other restrictions were also part of the ordinance to limit the amount of Nitrogen that ultimately ends up in the waterways in an effort to not upset the water quality.

The area south of Veterans Memorial Pkwy and west of Chiquita Blvd is already blessed with strong market values and desirability within the Cape, due to miles of wide canals, deep water and great views and newer modern style homes. Should the city be granted the necessary approvals from FDEP to actually remove the lock, expect it to be a boon for canal front property owners effected by the lock.

I’m always happy to answer any questions and educate my clients on what options will benefit them most in the purchase of a new home, condo or lot in the area.  Please feel free to share this blog post with anyone you feel might be interested or find value in this information.

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17 Beautiful Reasons to Buy a House in SWFL now!

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We’re always on the lookout for awesome #SWFL blog post to share so he’s one we just couldn’t pass up! Enjoy and please feel free to share!

17 Astonishing Images That Will Make You Want To Live In SW Florida

1. From up above…

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2. …to down below…

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3. …to up close and personal…

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4. …there is no denying that the Gulf Coast of Florida is majestically stunning.

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5. With sunsets that make time seem to freeze…

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6. …and beaches made of dreams…

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7. …and a candy sky so delicious you’ll want to eat it…

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8. …Florida’s Gulf Coast is the place to be.

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9. The warm Gulf water will invigorate your soul.

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10. You can take forest walks for unique sights.

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11. Float your way to happiness.

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12. Get front row seats to glimpse all the wildlife.

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13. Sail for days.

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14. Or paddle your way into the open sea.

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15. No matter what activity you want to partake in, your eyes will never get bored.

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16. So sit back, relax…

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17. …and soak it all in.

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Click here to view this awesome video on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel if you don’t see the video box below.

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International Buyers Love Florida!

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Florida still top destination for international buyers

WASHINGTON – June 19, 2015 – In 2014, U.S. foreign homebuyers purchased fewer properties year-to-year, but they spent 13 percent more money on the transactions they chose, according to the National Association of Realtors® 2015 Profile of Home Buying Activity of International Clients.

“In 2014, sales transaction to buyers outside of the U.S. dropped 10 percent, possibly due to the strengthening of the U.S. dollar in relation to international currencies and weakening foreign economies,” says NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. “However, the amount of money spent has increased. This means international purchasers in the U.S. have become an upscale group of buyers, spending more money on fewer homes.”

Florida Real EstateFlorida continues to lead the U.S. in total unit sales to foreign buyers, but its numbers dropped a bit in 2014, according to NAR. One in five foreign buyers (21 percent) bought a home in Florida, compared to 23 percent one year earlier.The number is down from a 2011 peak of 31 percent.

The change, in part, results from a change in the makeup of foreign buyers. While Canadians tend to favor the Sunshine State, the weak Canadian dollar has made Florida purchases relatively more expensive for them. In addition, Chinese demand has skyrocketed, though the Chinese tend to pick locations along the Pacific Coast.

In 2014, five countries accounted for 51 percent of all purchases by international buyers: China, Canada, Mexico, India and the United Kingdom.

For the first time, buyers from China exceeded all other countries in terms of units purchased and dollar volume, buying an estimated $28.6 billion worth of property. Buyers from Canada followed with $11.2 billion in purchases, followed by India with $7.9 billion, Mexico with $4.9 billion and the U.K. with $3.8 billion.

For the period of April 2014 through March 2015, total international sales were estimated at $104 billion, compared to the previous year’s estimate of $92.2 billion – 8 percent of the total U.S. existing-home sales dollar volume.

International buyers tend to purchase more expensive properties with the average purchase price being $499,600, compared to the overall U.S. average house price of $255,600. Chinese buyers typically purchased the most expensive properties, at an average price of $831,800.

Thirty-five percent of Realtors reported working with an international client in 2014, up from 28 percent in 2013.

About 46 percent of reported international transactions were intended for primary residences, 20 percent for residential rentals, and 26 percent for investment rentals, vacation homes or both. Global buyers also purchased properties for commercial rentals and as residences for children studying in U.S. educational institutions. Indian buyers were the most likely to purchase a primary residence (79 percent), while Canadian buyers were most likely to purchase property as a vacation home (47 percent).

While Florida remains the top destination for international buyers, California comes in second with a 16 percent share, Texas with 8 percent and Arizona with 5 percent.

The majority of international purchases (55 percent) were made with all-cash, compared to about 25 percent of all purchases made by domestic buyers. Mortgage financing tends to be an issue for non-resident international clients because of a lack of a U.S. based credit history or Social Security number, difficulties in documenting mortgage requirements, and financial profiles that can be different from those normally submitted to financial institutions by domestic residents.

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SWFL Housing Market Sizzles!

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Sizzling Southwest Florida housing market is about to get hotter

logo-NAPL-27698The housing market in Southwest Florida has been red-hot for the past three years. Now it’s about to get blistering.

That’s the conclusion of a new second-quarter survey by Local Market Monitor that predicts the Naples-Marco Island area will have the highest cumulative gain in one-to-four family home prices — 41 percent — over the next three years of any of the 20 Florida metropolitan statistical areas it tracks.

And it’s up considerably from the 29 percent three-year projection the 25-year-old Cary, N.C.-based real estate research firm made in the second quarter of 2014.

“That’s a big increase,” said Ingo Winzer, president and founder of the firm, which tracks 315 markets nationwide. “You’re looking at a real phenomenon.”

He forecast the giant gain after looking at recent data pointing to a growth in jobs, a shortage of both new and resale homes, and the relatively small number of foreclosed homes on the market.

“There’s been a surge in demand of people who aren’t just visiting but want to live full-time in Naples,” he said. “I think it will continue.”

Naples real estate agent Ryan Schwartz shares that opinion. Because many buyers are older, affluent and paying cash, he said, “no one is getting appraisals, and that’s pushing up prices dramatically fast.”

Winzer added that cash buyers are not likely to be inhibited over the next few years by the headwinds that many economists expect over the next few years, such as rising interest rates or a downturn in the stock market.

But that’s less likely to be the case in Cape Coral-Fort Myers where there are fewer cash buyers, Winzer said, which is one reason why he expects price growth there to slow a bit.

He expects Cape Coral-Fort Myers prices to increase 25 percent over the next three years, ranking it sixth in the state. While still a sizable gain, that’s less than the 31 percent three-year projection he made in the second quarter of 2014.

While he doesn’t think either market is in bubble territory right now, both could be soon if they pass what he calls the “equilibrium point,” when it is neither over- nor under-valued.

Right now, he calculates that number at $356,543 for Naples-Marco Island. In the second quarter of this year, actual home prices in the area (taken from federal data) were $337,050, or 5 percent below that, he said. Winzer expects prices in the second quarter of 2016 to be up 17 percent over the current quarter in the Naples area, which will make it overpriced next year.

Meanwhile, Cape Coral-Fort Myer’s home prices are now $204,750, or 18 percent below the equilibrium price of $249,729. Winzer expects prices to rise 8 percent in 2016, another 8 percent in 2017, and 9 percent in 2018. So the metro area won’t pass the equilibrium point for another three years, he said.

Jason Jakus, president of the Realtor Association of Greater Fort Myers and the Beaches, said that while Cape Coral-Fort Myers was once hard-hit by the foreclosure crisis, “the hardest hit areas are rebounding the fastest.”

Most desired are the relatively affordable waterfront properties in Southeast and Southwest Cape Coral, as well as downtown Fort Myers, he said, and saw the strongest price growth.

In contrast, the beachfront areas in Naples — which tend to run into the millions, saw the lowest price growth over the 12 months ending in April, according to the Naples Area Board of Realtors. The highest price increases for the period were in south Naples, where many new midrange communities are being built.

Local Market Monitor’s report also noted that with average rents of $1,185, the rent-to-price ratio in Naples-Marco Island was 4.2 percent, the lowest in Florida. Cape Coral-Fort Myers’ rents were lower at $984, giving it a rent-to-price ratio of 5.8 percent, the seventh lowest in the state.

Winzer said that when a rent-to-buy ratio was below 5 percent, it generally makes more financial sense to rent than to buy; conversely, when it’s higher, buying is a better choice. So generally, renting is the currently the smarter choice in Collier County and buying in Lee County.

That’s what Chicago residents Joanna and Thomas Wala figured when they recently bought a three-bedroom home with a blue door and a yard full of mango trees in Bonita Springs.

They plan to use it occasionally for vacations, and eventually to make it their retirement place in the sun — even though they are both still in their 40s and not at all ready to retire.

In the meantime, they are covering their expenses and even making a small profit by renting it out seasonally.

“Moving here now was out of the question,” said Joanna, an accountant. “But I did the calculations, and buying just made so much sense. We have something that’s worth something, and its value is growing.”

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Home Prices on the Rise!

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Naples-Marco Island home values expected to rise fastest in state

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nbc2Sky high predictions are out for the Southwest Florida real estate market. A national survey projects, in the next three years, home values in the Naples-Marco Island market will rise faster than anywhere else in the state.

Whatever brings you here, one thing is true about the Southwest Florida real estate market. “It’s hot,” said Armand Procacci from Procacci Properties. Through 13 years as a realtor, Procacci has seen the ebb and flow of prices. The national research group, Local Market Monitor, predicts Naples and Marco Island home values will rise 41-percent in the next three years. The group cites above average incomes, job growth, and a huge influx of people moving into the area.

Lee-County-FL- Real Estate“I think it’s going to be more on the resales,” explained Carolyn Beggs, the chief operating officer at Local Market Monitor. “I don’t think construction is going to keep up with the demand that we’re seeing.” “There is a lot of new building going on,” Procacci said. “The price per square foot is fabulous.” He said home values will hold strong because non-traditional sales, like foreclosures and short sales, are down tremendously. “I know the demand is coming and we do rentals so we understand the influx of people, the magnitude of people that come into this market,” Procacci said while sitting in a $10 million rental home on Barefoot Beach.

To the North in Lee County, Local Market Monitor predicts, in the next three years, the Fort Myers-Cape Coral market will see home values rise 25 -percent — 6th highest out of 21 metro areas the group studies across Florida. “Primarily the home prices are going to be increasing over the next one, two and three years,” Beggs explained. “Just not necessarily quite as quickly as they are in the Naples market.” “I take it with a grain of salt,” said Procacci. “I don’t see prices going up 41-percent on everything.”

Real estate is directly tied to jobs. Nationally, the number of new jobs grew by 2-percent in the past year. Both the Naples-Marco Island and Fort Myers-Cape Coral markets saw double that growth. Jobs increased by 4-percent in the past 12 months. Home values peaked in 2006 then fell off sharply.

Although no one knows for sure if a downturn is in in the future, the outlook is bright. Click here to view original article.

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Getting the Most Money for your Home!

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SWFL Home Selling Tips

Pricing your home to sell for max amount.

There are a number of important factors to selling your home for the highest amount of money possible. Effective marketing of course is important, but so is pricing the home correctly for the market conditions that exist.

Cape Coral Remax Homes for SaleIn my business of listing homes for sale in and around Cape Coral & Lee County, Florida, I encounter sellers all the time who are unwilling to price their home for the market. There’s a plethora of excuses though mostly it’s due to a lack of understanding of what it actually takes to sell a home.

Most sellers think that they have to leave enough room between their list price and the price that they are willing to sell for so that the buyer can feel like they made a good deal in the negotiation. While it’s true that buyers rarely offer what they are willing to pay, they are also expecting the seller to counter offer and meet somewhere in the middle. Let me clarify that by saying somewhere in the middle doesn’t necessarily mean the middle. It just means not the list price, but certainly not the offer price. There’s more to it than that.

Nearly all buyers get to know the market by home shopping for a bit before finding the home they wish to offer on. They are at a distinct advantage over the sellers who typically haven’t actually seen any homes on the market other than their own.

Sellers and buyers for that matter, aren’t necessarily skilled at the art of negotiation. Oh sure most of them think they are, but they don’t know what they don’t know.

A couple of recent scenarios come to mind.

Lee County Home Selling tipsScenario #1

The first one is a nice listing in SW Cape Coral not on a canal but in a desirable neighborhood across from sailboat access to the Gulf of Mexico canal homes. My discussion with the owner prior to listing was about, of course, my marketing plan – My Unique Home Selling System. We also discussed my professional opinion of the homes market value along with data to support my opinion. The opinion was that the home’s fair market value was right around $250,000. Maybe a little more maybe a little less, but not less than about $245,000. I recommended a list price of $259,000, the seller insisted on $269,000. So I listed the home at $269,000 with the caveat that if that price doesn’t work with the buyers after a couple of months that we would have to reduce it to get it sold.

A home priced right is half sold!

So even though this home was just a little overpriced, we never got any offers on it. We had a number of showings. Fifteen plus in fact, but no offers. Finally after nearly 6 months on the market the seller reluctantly agreed to reduce the list price to my originally suggested price of $259,000. Miraculously within 2 weeks we had a good solid offer in hand. A negotiation ensued and we were able to get the buyer to pay $254,000. We didn’t need to wait six months for the same outcome that we could have attained earlier had we priced it right from the start or shortly there after.

So, don’t hire a professional to help you get a job done, then ignore his counselling. It’s just a waste of everyone’s time.

Selling Tips SWFLScenario #2

A recent listing where the seller is motivated to sell but needs to get every last dollar possible as he is forced to sell at a loss. My professional opinion on the value of his home is $114,000 +/-. I indicated that we might need to price it at $119,900 to get activity, but let’s try $125,000 to start as I never want to under price a home. Low and behold 2 weeks into the listing, hundreds of online views by buyers, though not a single showing request.

I advised the client that we should now reduce to the $119,900 price point to stimulate activity. He took my advise and granted the reduction. Within 8 hours we had 2 showings set up. Within the first week at the new price we’ve had 6 more showings with a couple of buyers considering an offer.

How can I help you realize your highest sale price possible? Lets get together for a no pressure market analysis and marketing plan where we can discuss your situation.

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As a Southwest Florida Real Estate Agent it’s my job to educate my clients and help them get exactly what they want and make sure their best interest are being considered in every detail of the purchase. This blog is all about educating you and empowering you with all the industry news, information, tips and things to consider before buying or selling your home. If you found this article interesting and know someone else that might benefit from it please feel free to share!

SWFL Real Estate

We invite you to like us on facebook, connect with us on Google+, follow us on twitter and connect with us on linkedin. We hope that you find our website to be a great source of information and visit often. Whether you are looking for Homes for SaleMoving Resources, or even Mortgage Information everything you need is right here.

We will always be available for personal service by phone or email, so feel free to contact us with questions any time! My offices are located on 2326 Del Prado Blvd. S., Cape Coral, FL 33990. You can reach me at 239-425-2503 or email me at Bob.Ashworth@gmail.com and you can visit my website at www.BobAshworth.com.

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5 Tips for Better Home Buying

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Top 5 strategies to help home buyers make their best deal 

  1. Home Buying Tips SWFLKnow the market! Knowledge is power. 

The way to negotiate your best deal when buying a home begins with knowing the market well enough to understand what the value of the home is. Knowledge is power! When I work with my buyer clients, every home we tour and don’t offer on moves them closer to understanding what’s desirable, what’s not, and where the value is.

  1. Hire an experienced Realtor who is working in your best interest.

Don’t work with a Realtor who is trying to sell you something. Work with one who is helping you buy the home that is right for you and your budget.

  1. Price & TERMS matter.

Once you’ve found the right home for you, it’s time to make an offer.

As a listing agent I see many offers from buyers who were poorly advised by their Realtor or real estate agent.

Let’s face it, the very most important attribute to any offer for both the buyer and seller is the price, though it’s not the only thing! Understanding that there are other valuable components to the offer, can greatly assist the knowledgeable buyer in getting a great deal, even in a hot seller’s market!

  1. Low Offer SWFL housing marketDon’t make a low ball offer.

The seller wants to get the most amount of money for their home as is possible. The buyer wants to pay the least amount of money for the home as is possible. How do I advise my buyers to win this struggle? We structure their initial offer to include terms that the seller will find favorable. In addition, unless you are a hit and run buyer, I advise my buyers to offer a reasonable amount of money for the purchase. Not one that we think the seller will accept, but one that has the seller thinking, “Damn, I don’t want to lose this buyer”. In fact, when advising my buyers who have done a ton of work in seeing dozens of homes before finding the right one for them, I recommend we offer a purchase price high enough where including the favorable terms has the seller actually wanting to execute the contract without delay. Sometimes they will, and you’ll have grabbed a fantastic deal. Most often though the seller will try to squeeze the buyer up just a little, making a fair deal for all.

I see hundreds of offers from buyers and their agent, where even though they wish to buy the home, their offer is weak on all fronts. Their chances of getting a good or great deal are severely diminished as upon first look the seller doesn’t even consider their offer a serious one. We’ve all heard of first impressions, or best foot forward!

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Here’s an example of a typical offer I see from other (mostly inexperienced) agents.

  • List price $259,900 (comparable sales show the home’s current market value at between $240,000 & $250,000)
  • Offer price $219,900
  • Earnest money deposit $1,000, due 5 or even 10 days after contract execution.
  • Inspection period, 15 days
  • Closing 7-8 weeks
  • Contingent on financing.

What apparently most buyers and their agents don’t know it that the seller scoffs at the offer deeming them not a serious buyer.

Understand here that the SW Florida, Cape Coral, Fort Myers and Lee County in general is a huge real estate market with thousands of listings and hundreds upon hundreds of closed sales every month. Buyers in this market come from all over the world, with large numbers of buyers being from New York, NJ, New England, the Mid Atlantic as well as Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Buyers are in competition with other buyers! In fact it’s not just the seller who won’t let you steal their home for grossly under market value, it’s the other buyers in the marketplace who will pay more than you for it, and the seller knows it. This is why I advise my buyers to make strong offers. Not high offers, but not weak offers. Unless of course they don’t care if they get the house. Most buyers however feel an emotional connection to the home they offer on. Typically it wasn’t easy to discover, and once they found it they would like to actually own it. Here is where structuring a strong offer makes all the difference.

Same home scenario, but offering using my Top 5 Home Buying Deal Maker strategy

  1. SWFL Homes for SaleDon’t skimp on your GOOD FAITH earnest money deposit.
  • List price $259,900 (comparable sales show the home’s value between $240,000 & $250,000)
  • Offer price $235,000
  • Earnest money deposit $10,000 or $2,000 within 1-2 days and $8,000 after 10 days depending on buyers liquidity
  • Inspection period 7-10 days max
  • Closing 6 weeks if financing, 2-3 weeks if cash.
  • Contingent on financing as the case may be.

Now put yourself in the sellers shoes! You know your home is worth between $240k & $250k. You love everything in the offer, except the price. Though you think wow this buyer really wants to buy my house! Depending on your motivation, you are tempted to sign the contract as is to not let this rock solid buyer get away. If you do propose a counter offer, the only thing you will address is the actual sales price. Though again, you will do so with caution as you don’t want to lose this buyer.

I never asked you to put yourself in the shoes of the seller on the first offer of $219,900 with low money down, but trust me, the seller no longer thinks that they might be selling their home to you after receiving your weak offer. That being said, if you as the buyer really did want this home, you’ve now got your work cut out for you. Hopefully the seller will counter offer! Many will not! If they do it’s certain that they will counter all of your terms and maybe reduce the sale price from their list price by a thousand or two. This is how the seller will begin to know whether or not you really do want the house. But now it’s game on and you’ll need to step up. Once you start to step up, the seller knows they’ve got you. With me as their agent we’re going to drag you up to the upper end of the value range.

SWFL Homes for Sale Cape CoralThe rock solid $235k offer without a doubt will negotiate the better deal.

I don’t work with many hit and run buyers, although I have helped a few. One in particular made several low unattractive offers, one at a time with no counter offers from sellers until he had exhausted every home that he found appealing. He then had to double back and engage in negotiations with the very first home he offered on as it was his favorite. You guessed it! The seller ate him for lunch! He ended up paying top dollar as he was now getting very close to moving with no place for his family to go.

Cash is king! Though using my strategies can help you negotiate a great deal even when your offer is contingent upon financing.

As a Southwest Florida Real Estate Agent it’s my job to educate my clients and help them get exactly what they want and make sure their best interest are being considered in every detail of the purchase. This blog is all about educating you and empowering you with all the industry news, information, tips and things to consider before buying or selling your home. If you found this article interesting and know someone else that might benefit from it please feel free to share!

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We will always be available for personal service by phone or email, so feel free to contact us with questions any time! My offices are located on 2326 Del Prado Blvd. S., Cape Coral, FL 33990. You can reach me at 239-425-2503 or email me at Bob.Ashworth@gmail.com and you can visit my website at www.BobAshworth.com.

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Realtor, CBR, CDPE
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239-425-2503
2326 Del Prado Blvd. S.
Cape Coral, FL 33990
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Cape Coral Makes the Top 10 Places to Invest in Florida!

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We’re always on the lookout for good articles to share with you and today we bring you an exciting one! Cape Coral made the Top Ten Places to Invest Real Estate in Florida List and this just confirms what we already knew – Cape Coral is Awesome!

Best Places to Invest in Real Estate in Florida

Florida Real EstateAh, Florida. The land of sand, snowbirds — and real estate speculation.

Ever since the 1920s, when the first real estate boom officially arrived at the doorstep of the Sunshine State, the idea that you too could own a sunny slice of Miami or Tampa has taken root within the American dream.

But, as with any investment, the risk of loss is real and timing is everything. Florida housing prices, which hit a peak in December 2006, are slowly recovering after the Great Recession nosedive — the state’s fall was among the harshest in the nation — but recently, the trend is positive, stoking renewed interest in real estate.

According to the S&P/Case-Shiller Index, considered one of the more reliable indicators of local real estate market trends, home prices in the Miami area have been on an uninterrupted march up since November 2011. Recently, in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, a community just north of Fort Lauderdale, buyers camped out overnight for a chance to snap up new condos selling for $500,000 to $1 million.

Investors will find real estate prices vary widely across Florida. In NerdWallet’s study of 227 places, the cheapest average sale price was $37.36 per square foot in Kenneth City in Pinellas County. The most expensive was Key Biscayne at $546.77 per square foot, a difference of over $500.

So what area offers the best bang for your real estate investment buck? NerdWallet crunched the numbers to find out.

Real Estate InvestingKey takeaways
Flip this. If your goal is to get in and get out with a profit, here are the top three communities when it comes to speed of sale: Hialeah Gardens, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea and Atlantis. Hialeah Gardens earned the highest mark, a 9.55, in our study on this metric — Zillow’s 2014 market health score. The quicker a house sells, the higher the score, with 10 as the highest.
Beachfront bonus. The Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro area dominated our top 10 list — eight of our top 10 investments are located there.
Going long? Florida’s housing market seems to make the most sense overall for those looking to invest in the long-term. Most of our top 20 places have low scores when it comes to real estate market health, a sign of the continued impact of the Great Recession.

What we analyzed
Our calculations took into account several factors:

Market health. We looked at how quickly houses sold compared with other cities in the state, as well as the change in vacancy rate.
Price per square foot. Weighting for affordability, we measured the price per square foot of housing in a city, averaging all months of 2013 and 2014 to avoid seasonal fluctuations.
Population and home price growth. Averaging monthly price data since 2004, we examined the percentage of houses that increased in value over the past 10 years. We also looked at the increase in population since 2010.
Property taxes. Using state data, we calculated the city and county property tax for each city.

Cape Coral Housing Market

Cape Coral was #9 on this list! 🙂 

Best places to invest in real estate in Florida

1. Doral
Doral tops our list thanks to its relative affordability, low unemployment rate (4.4%, or over a full percentage point lower than the statewide rate) and strong population growth. This north-central Miami-Dade County city from 2010 to 2013 welcomed almost 6,000 new residents, a gain of more than 14%.

2. Bal Harbour
In tiny Bal Harbour, population 2,569, price could quickly become a factor — it’s the most expensive location in our top 20 with an average sales price of $340 per square foot. Still, there are plenty of buyers. On Zillow’s 0-10 scale for speed of sale, Bal Harbour scored a healthy 8.66.

3. Homestead
The watchword in Homestead is growth. More than half — 56% — of its homes have increased in value over the past 10 years, yet housing remains relatively affordable in this city of 61,714 residents. Sale prices over the past two years averaged just $79.42 per square foot, among the most affordable in our study.

4. Miami Lakes
Miami Lakes may not boast oceanfront property, but a full 57% of its housing stock has increased in value over the past 10 years, and vacancies have dropped 3.6%. That’s a good sign for investors who may have to pay a premium for this suburban location just north of Miami. Here, buyers paid an average of $152 per square foot for a house.

5. Marianna
Bargains abound in Marianna, home of our top 20’s lowest price-per-square-foot sale price of $61. It’s also clearly attracting new residents, with a 28% increase in the population from 2010 to 2013.

6. Hialeah Gardens
Hialeah Gardens, population 22,136, had the highest overall market health score in our survey at 9.55. This means buyers who are looking for a quick turnaround on their investment will find many options to flip housing in Hialeah Gardens.

7. Aventura
This diverse and growing community in northeastern Miami-Dade County is known for its high concentration of transplants from the Northeast, and its many high-rise condos. Buyers will find an average sales price of $227 per square foot and options for Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean views. The city’s investment score also benefits from its 7.51% increase in population since 2010.

8. Pinecrest
This small suburban village in Miami-Dade County is the second-most expensive in our top 10, with the price of $269 per square foot. Its population has grown a modest 1.54% in recent years, and village leaders are thinking about expanding. A common discussion involves annexing land west of U.S. Highway 1 to help build out the small village’s tax base.

Cape Cora Homes on Canal9. Cape Coral
Cape Coral moves in many directions: It is the largest city in our top 10 at 158,415 residents, and it has an average sales price that is the third lowest in our top 10 at $96 per square foot. It’s the only city on our list located in Lee County, which is also home to Fort Myers. Cape Coral residents are thinking about development, which can have a major effect on real estate values. Recent news reports have focused on plans to develop Bimini Basin as a community gathering place — with some ideas calling for a mix of commercial and open space.

10. Winter Garden
The only place in our top 10 near Orlando, Winter Garden has a lot to offer those diving into the real estate market. Its vacancy rate declined while its population grew over 13%, suggesting strong demand for housing. Perhaps it’s the nearby Disney World effect, but Winter Garden enjoys a particularly strong job market, which supports a growing housing market. The unemployment rate in Winter Garden in December, the most-recent data available, was 3.8%. By comparison, the entire state of Florida was at 5.6% for the same month.

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I’m always happy to answer any questions and educate my clients on what options will benefit them most in the purchase of a new home, condo or lot in the area.  Please feel free to share this blog post with anyone you feel might be interested or find value in this information.

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We will always be available for personal service by phone or email, so feel free to contact us with questions any time! My offices are located on 2326 Del Prado Blvd. S., Cape Coral, FL 33990. You can reach me at 239-425-2503 or email me at Bob.Ashworth@gmail.com and you can visit my website at www.BobAshworth.com.

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Realtor, CBR, CDPE
Your Real Estate Solutions Provider
239-425-2503
2326 Del Prado Blvd. S.
Cape Coral, FL 33990
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10 Reasons to Fall in Love with SWFL!

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Falling in Love with SWFL is easy!

Sunny SWFLThere are so many reasons to fall in love with Southwest Florida and make it your home! Here’s just a few reasons why you want to explore the Southwest Florida area to plant roots and make this your new home! When you are ready to explore the housing market please give us a call and let us guide you to the right home, condo or lot that meets both your needs and budget!

10 Reasons to Fall in Love with SWFL!

  1. Beautiful Beaches
  2. Amazing weather
  3. Strong Housing Market
  4. Great Shopping
  5. Wonderful Outdoor Activities
  6. Good Job Market
  7. Safe Place to Raise a Family
  8. Centrally Located
  9. Strong Business Market
  10. Nice people

Here is Southwest Florida we have some of the best beaches in Florida! Sanibel Island is known world-wide for it’s great shelling and beautiful beaches. Fort Myers Beach is a favorite for Spring Break and Naples beach is definitely a must see! We have perfect weather all year round for enjoying all kinds of fun outdoor activities like boating, skying, fishing, biking, cycling, canoeing, skating and so much more! You will find some of the best local small businesses and people ever! This is a great place to start a new business, network with the local people to grow your business or participate in clubs, non-profits and groups. Southwest Floridians love their communities and are, in general, very supportive and helpful. There are so many wonderful choices for dining out, shopping and family fun! Below is a list of links to places to go for shopping, dining, events and fun!

Shopping:  

Special Events: 

Must Do’s!  

Golfing:

 Wondering where to dine? 

 SWFL Palm Trees Downtown

As a Southwest Florida Real Estate Agent it’s my job to educate my clients and help them get exactly what they want and make sure their best interest are being considered in every detail of the purchase. This blog is all about educating you and empowering you with all the industry news, information, tips and things to consider before buying or selling your home. If you found this article interesting and know someone else that might benefit from it please feel free to share!

SWFL Real Estate

We invite you to like us on facebook, follow us on twitter and connect with us on linkedin. We hope that you find our website to be a great source of information and visit often. Whether you are looking for Homes for SaleMoving Resources, or even Mortgage Information everything you need is right here.

We will always be available for personal service by phone or email, so feel free to contact us with questions any time! My offices are located on 2326 Del Prado Blvd. S., Cape Coral, FL 33990. You can reach me at 239-425-2503 or email me at Bob.Ashworth@gmail.com and you can visit my website at www.BobAshworth.com.

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Bob Ashworth
Realtor, CBR, CDPE
Your Real Estate Solutions Provider
239-425-2503
2326 Del Prado Blvd. S.
Cape Coral, FL 33990
Bob.Ashworth@gmail.com
www.BobAshworth.com

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