Cape Coral makes #12 on Top 30 List of Happiest Cities in the U.S.

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Cape Coral makes Happy City list

I’m always delighted to share articles like this that prove what I’ve been saying for years – Cape Coral, FL is one of the very best places to live in the world!  Contact me to help you find the perfect home for you and your budget, in this waterfront wonderland. See for yourself with a free MLS search at www.BobAshworth.com

These Are the 30 Happiest Cities in the U.S.

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The annual Well-Being Index by Gallup-Healthways shows the best communities in the company to find happiness by looking at the 190 biggest communities in the U.S. to determine the most comfortable place to call home.

The rankings analyzed five different facets of well-being: purpose (likely to learn new and interesting things), social (having supportive relationships and love in your life), financial (managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security), community (liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community), and physical (less likely to have depression over their lifetime).

Here’s the full list:

  1. San Francisco, California.
  2. Bridgeport, Connecticut.
  3. Green Bay, Wisconsin.
  4. Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  5. Peoria, Illinois.
  6. Visalia, California.
  7. Port St. Lucie, Florida.
  8. Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  9. Asheville, North Carolina.
  10. San Diego, California.
  11. San Antonio, Texas.
  12. Cape Coral, Florida.
  13. Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  14. Austin, Texas.
  15. Ventura, California.
  16. San Jose, California.
  17. Provo, Utah.
  18. Honolulu, Hawaii.
  19. Santa Barbara, California.
  20. McAllen, Texas.
  21. San Luis Obispo, California.
  22. Anchorage, Alaska.
  23. Charlottesville, Virginia.
  24. Boulder, Colorado.
  25. Santa Cruz, California.
  26. Fort Collins, Colorado.
  27. Barnstable Town, Texas.
  28. Sarasota, Florida.
  29. Salinas, California.
  30. Naples, Florida.

From: Houston Chronicle. 

From: Esquire

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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Experience Matters – I Can Help You Sell Your Home!

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Let the SWFL Real Estate Expert Help you Sell Your Home!

Bob Ashworth photo card 2Listening to a radio ad by John Morgan of Morgan & Morgan Law Offices reminded me that I work in a very similar way as Morgan & Morgan.

This particular ad focused on helping people with legal problem while shouldering all the expenses along the way. All of the legal filings, depositions, investigatory work etc. Mr. Morgan claims that he will do all the work necessary to reach successful conclusion to your case, or you owe him nothing!

This is the exact same offer that I pose to everyone of my sellers. I will use my knowledge, skills and experience to market your home. Guide you in contract negotiations, then manage the myriad of items necessary to reach a successful closing on your home, or you owe me nothing!

If you are thinking about selling your home, call me to discuss how my Unique Home Selling System will ensure that you get the most amount of money from your sale in the least amount of time that the market will bear.

If on the other hand you are planning to make a home, land, condo or new home construction purchase you’re in luck. As in virtually all cases, you can take advantage of my experience, tap my knowledge and in general have me help you make the right choice for you and your budget, and the seller or builder / developer, as the case may be, will pay my commission. Why would anyone you pass that up?

The bottom line is there is good experienced professional help available. If you buy or sell a 1/2 dozen homes a year, you may be able to go it alone. If you’re like most people who buy or sell a 1/2 dozen homes in a lifetime, call me to help you. On average I’m helping either a buyer or seller close on a Southwest Florida property 2 or 3 times a month, and have been for over 10 years. Experience matters! Put it to work for you..

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Adorable Gulf Access 2/2 Condo with Canal Views in Cape Coral

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 SE 1ST PL Cape Coral Condo

Today we want to share with you our latest #SWFL listing – an adorable and affordable Gulf Access 2 bedroom condo with canal views in Cape Coral!

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4730 SE 1ST PL #201, CAPE CORAL, FL 33904

$89,900     Beds: 2,  Baths: 2,  Sq. Ft.: 817      Listing #215071763

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Welcome to this adorable & affordable gulf access 2/2 condo with canal views. The condo features ceramic tile throughout, stainless appliances and a pass through from the kitchen to the dining area. The great room has a spacious homey feel to it and accesses the lanai via sliding glass doors. Recent re-plumbing and a brand new air conditioner make this unit a must see.
 SE 1ST PL Cape Coral Condo 2

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Condo for Sale SE Cape Coral

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4608 SE 6TH AVE 1

Today we want to share with you our latest #SWFL listing – a nice and affordable 2 bedroom condo in SE Cape Coral!

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4608 SE 6TH AVE #2A, CAPE CORAL, FL 33904

$64,900   Beds: 2, Baths: 2, Sq. Ft.: 1,017     Listing #216009725

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Welcome to this affordable 2/2 condo in SE Cape Coral. The home features a convenient location, laundry in unit and low monthly condo fees. This nice affordable condo is ready for a new owner to move right in. Call Bob Ashworth to schedule a showing or get additional information. 239-425-2503 Click here to view more.

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Fabulous Waterfront N. Fort Myers Condo for Sale!

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North Star Yacht Club North Fort Myers

Today we want to share with you our latest #SWFL listing –  a fabulous 2/2 Waterfront Condo in North Fort Myers, FL

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Welcome to this 9th floor condo at North Star Yacht Club with spectacular river view. This incredible Capricorn floor plan features a huge lanai facing The Caloosahatchee River, a flowing floor plan with in unit laundry and a spacious den or office. In addition this unit features upgraded stainless appliances, 42″ cabinets and a tiled dining and living area with floor to ceiling windows for a light, bright, open feel. This unit includes 2 parking spots. One outside and another deeded garage space plus 10 x 12 storage area. North Star Yacht Club offers a true waterfront resort lifestyle for the discriminating buyer with a fitness center, billiards room, meeting & card rooms, resort style heated pool and spa. Waterfront restaurants within walking distance, and downtown Fort Myers just a short drive over the Edison Bridge make this a fabulous option for your year round or seasonal vacation. Click here for Virtual Tour
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3426 HANCOCK BRIDGE PKY #903 NORTH FORT MYERS, FL 33903 –   $324,000 – Beds: 2, Baths: 2, Sq. Ft.: 1,786
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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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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…

Fort Myers Beach Sky

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.

SWFL Nature Walk

11. Float your way to happiness.

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

SWFL Gulf Coast Ocean Life

13. Sail for days.

SWFL Sailing

14. Or paddle your way into the open sea.

SWFL Kayaking

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

SWFL Outdoor activities

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