New Price on this Move In Ready Cape Coral Home!

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New price. Seller says SELL! Move in ready 3/2/2 SW Florida home. Nearly 2000 sq ft. Check it out. Contact me for more info or to schedule your own private tour.

2216 NW 7TH ST, CAPE CORAL, FL 33993    Beds: 3, Baths: 2, Sq. Ft.: 1,955    $195,500   Listing #216076714

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to this nearly 2000 sq ft move in ready home located in a quite neighborhood just off Chiquita & Tropicana. Upon approach you’ll appreciate the custom curbing and landscaping complete with 4 zone automatic sprinkler system. Notice too the double door screened entry. Perfect for any time of the day relaxing, not to mention the tremendous cross breeze ventilation that occurs when you open the house up. Inside, the home opens up to a very spacious living area with cathedral ceilings, stainless steel kitchen appliances, and expanded lanai. The owners have appointed the home very nicely for you with custom blinds, light fixtures & ceiling fans as well as LED lights throughout. This fine home is a must see. Call today for your private tour.

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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SWFL Land Owners Must Read!

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Are you sitting on an undeveloped piece of land?

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Envelope with Last Will and Testament

Have you or your parents been holding onto SW Florida property with no intention of ever using it? The time to sell it is now while the owners are alive and of sound mind. The property may not be worth a whole lot of money, assuming it’s vacant land not on gulf access canal, but the expense associated with trying to sell it after it has been left to heirs via a will, may likely eat into the value by far too much.

Florida is a probate state. Property left to an heir by will must be probated by the courts prior to any transfer of ownership taking place.

I’m currently working on a situation now where the market value is $6500 however the property was never probated after it was left to the heirs in the will. About $1500 in charges is now necessary to get the property through probate.

If you have vacant land in Cape Coral or Lehigh Acres that you never intend to use, and you’re getting along in years and plan to give the land to your children or others after your death, please do them a favor, and sell it now. You can always give them the cash after your death if you wish. They will appreciate it much more than hiring an attorney to probate the property before they can sell it.

Contact me. I can help!

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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Better than New in Moody River Estates

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13291 SEASIDE HARBOUR DR NORTH FORT MYERS, FL 33903

Cape Coral Home for Sale

$462,000    Beds: 3   Baths: 3   Sq. Ft.: 2,583    Listing #216062950

Welcome to this nearly brand new, move in ready Hawthorne model 3/3/3 home at Moody River Estates. A gorgeous gulf access gated community in North Fort Myers. Owner’s change of plans creates a tremendous opportunity for you. This home has been upgraded and appointed with great care and sparing little expense and therefore enjoys all hand picked lighting and fixtures. No builder grade fixtures here! In addition, this home features attic storage, a queen size murphy bed, tile throughout, an extended screened lanai, and huge 70′ x 50′ back yard. You’ll also enjoy the 9′ x 14′ deck overlooking the canal with stairway down to your composite dock with 6’000 Lb lift plus canopy. When you’re down at the dock, notice the step down launch area for canoe’s & kayak’s. Simply too much to list here so please see attached list of upgrades. Make your appointment to see this lovely home today before it’s too late.

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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!

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Top 5 Things You Should Know as a Home Seller about buyers!

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Home Selling Advice Cape CoralTop 5 things home sellers don’t know about buyers, but need to.

  1. Home buyers decide to not buy your home before they ever see it in person.

Let’s face it, virtually no one buys a home site unseen. What sellers don’t realize however is that more than 90% of all buyers shop homes online. Now they may not decide to buy your home after only viewing it online, however they do decide NOT to buy your home after only viewing it online.

Case in point. Three of my last four buyers viewed less than 4 homes in person before entering into a contact to buy one of them. They weren’t uninformed buyers! They performed their due diligence online and didn’t waste time viewing homes in person that didn’t meet with their approval online. The quantity and quality of your online presence matters more than you know!

  1. When buyers actually visit your home in person, it’s just a commodity to them. A house if you will, but not a (their) home. Buyers establish an emotional connection to your house (now seeing it as their home) once they decide to sign their names to an offer to purchase. Never before though.
  1. Buyers who view you home in person, know in less than 5 minutes from arriving that they do not want to buy your home. 
  1. Buyers almost never offer as much for your home as they are willing to pay. They offer what they hope you might accept. How much they are willing to pay can only be determined after an effective negotiation. (If you’re not an experienced, highly effective negotiator who knows the local market inside and out, hire a Realtor who is.)
  1. Buyers are uncomfortable getting a feel for your home, when you are present during showings. Oh they may be polite, but they can’t wait to get out of there so they can say to their agent “wow that was weird”. Hint: if you must let them in, take a walk down the street so they can get a feel for your house to see if it might suit them as their home. Buyers shop within a range of specifications, but they buy based on emotion. It has to FEEL right!

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America Migration to the South!

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Trends: More Americans heading south

florida-realtors-logo-280WASHINGTON – A rising number of Americans are heading to southern states, lured by a combination of warmer weather, affordable housing, lower taxes and less congested cities, according to a new report published by RealtyTrac called “The Next Great Migration of ‘Housing Refugees’ On the Move.”

New census data confirm the findings. Since 2014 alone, more than 1.4 million people have moved to the Sun Belt, mostly from the Northeast and Midwest, according to Census Bureau data.

That marks a stark difference to previous mobility trends. For more than a century, Americans predominantly headed west to cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Seattle. But lately, that migration trend is taking a turn south.

“This 20th century movement west, which has dominated American demographic patterns for decades, may now be reversing itself in the 21st century as rising housing costs, stagnant job creation, restrictive land-use laws and no-tax states pull Californians, Midwesterners and Northeasterners eastward and southward to less costly regions and more business-friendly states in the Sun Belt,” RealtyTrac’s report notes.

Americans are fleeing pricey coastal states like California and New York and heading to states considered more affordable, such as Texas, Florida, and the Carolinas, according to a recent United Van Lines report.

During the Great Recession, populations in the Sun Belt saw a decline, but now analysts are saying there’s a renewed “Snow Belt-to-Sun Belt migration pattern,” says William H. Frey, a demographer and senior fellow at The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

Florida is especially feeling a heat wave of new residents. For the first time in nearly a decade, Florida added more people than California between July 2014 and July 2015, according to Census Bureau data. That helped Florida emerge as the third most populous U.S. state, jumping ahead of New York (and following California and Texas).

Source: RealtyTrac – click here to view original article.

Cape Coral makes Happy City list

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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Have you Considered Rent to Own?

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Are you almost ready to buy a home? Have you thought about Rent to Own?

Home-Partners-LogoBob Ashworth Remax Realty Team of SWFL has teamed up with Home Partners of America in order to provide you with more home buying options. If you are interested in buying a home but aren’t quite ready yet or know that you want to live in Southwest Florida but aren’t quite sure exactly where, this might be a good option for you. We have a new and exciting opportunity for you to rent right now and buy a home in a couple of years! Bob Ashworth is available to answer any questions about the Home Partners’ Lease with a Right to Purchase Program so you can decide if it’s right for you.

Cape Coral Rent to Own SearchHOW THE PROGRAM WORKS

The program is very simple: you apply on Home Partners of America’s website, and if you’re approved, we help you find the home you want in Home Partners’ Program. Home Partners buys the home and rents it to you, and you have five years of rent certainty with only a one-year financial commitment on the lease.

And most importantly, you can buy the home that you selected from Home Partners at a price established when you enter the Right to Purchase Agreement, in accordance with the terms of the Agreement. This is an exciting opportunity, and we urge you to apply to the Lease with a Right to Purchase Program if you think it sounds like a good match for you. You can find more information on their website. Click here to search available homes in your area now!

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Click here to read more about this wonderful Rent to Own program brought to you by Bob Ashworth Remax Realty Team. As always, we encourage you to call Bob directly at 239-425-2503 with any questions or concerns or to just find out if this is really a good fit for you. If you know of anyone that could benefit from this information please feel free to share it with them. Thanks in advance for subscribing to our blog and allowing us to share this valuable information with you!.

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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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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.

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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

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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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239-425-2503
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Condo for Sale SE Cape Coral

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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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$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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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

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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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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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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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