Capital Gains Tax Changes

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Capital gains tax as it pertains to home sales may change with new tax package. Both the House & Senate tax plans call for homeowners to live in their home for 5 of the previous 8 years to avoid paying a capital gains tax on any profits. Currently, the law calls for home sellers to live in their home for 2 of the previous 5 years to avoid a capital gains tax. The taxable gain amount stays the same at $250,000 for an individual of $500,000 for a married couple.

The senate version of the tax reform bill contains a provision where if home owners are under contract prior to Jan 1st 2018 even though they may not close the sale until some time in 2018, the former time frame for tax exemption will apply.

It’s too soon to tell which version gets to the president’s desk if any, but if you’ve owned your home for less than 5 years but more than 2 and are contemplating selling, now is the time. It is still possible to to get your home listed and under contract. Possibly even close the sale if we can secure a cash buyer.

Call to discuss how we can accomplish this.

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!

I’m 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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New Assessments for Cape Coral Lots

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Cape Coral lots with new assessments for city water and sewer

If you own property in SW or NW Cape Coral which has recently been assessed for public utility betterment of city water and sewer, contact me before paying your balance in full.

There is demand for affordable land that will soon be served by city water and sewer. The assessment balance can and very often does transfer to the subsequent property owner. Then the balance, which will be automatically added to the annual tax bill, is gradually paid over 20 years.

Think about it! Many of these buildable lots have a current value of $12,000 to $15,000. We can sell those lots and transfer both the benefit and burden to the buyer. Should you decide to pay off your nearly $19,000 assessment balance in its entirety, you must now sell the lot valued at $12,000 for $31,000. Bear in mind that there are no comparable sales to support that sales price. In addition, people will part with $12 or $15,000 fairly easily to own a piece of land in Cape Coral. The fact that city water & sewer will be available really soon will be another benefit for the buyer. Their burden is that their annual tax bill will include an additional amount of approximately $1500. Not a big deal. It pales in comparison to forking over $31,000 up front.

The same principle applies to homes, although it’s not as dramatic.

Land and home owners in SW & NW Cape with brand new assessments, please call me to discuss your options.

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!

I’m 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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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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Cape Coral Gulf Access Pool Home For Sale!

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Today we want to share with you our latest #SWFL Home listing – a beautiful Cape  Coral Gulf Access Home with 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms!

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3104 SE 6TH AVE, CAPE CORAL, FL 33904

$435,000      Beds: 4 Baths: 4 Sq. Ft.: 2,734    Listing #216040285

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Welcome to this over-sized gulf access pool home with western rear exposure. This beautiful home features 4 bedrooms and 4 full bathrooms. 2 spacious master bedroom suites, and a 3rd bedroom and bathroom occupy the first floor, along with a large living room, dining room and updated kitchen. The kitchen features a pass through to the lanai, loads of cabinet space, granite counters and a gas cook top range. Upstairs is the 3rd master suite. A bedroom, full bathroom and bright, open and roomy great room with cathedral ceilings, lots of windows, and a screened balcony overlooking the canal. This home is perfect for a large family or vacation rental. All assessments paid! Call for your private showing today!
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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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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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239-425-2503
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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.

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!

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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Not all Real Estate Agents are Created Equal

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SWFL Home Buying Tips

Should home buyers call the listing agent when making a home purchase?

The short answer is NO!

Cape Coral Home Buying TipsBeyond that, let me start by stating the obvious, that all real estate professionals are not created equal. While you certainly may end up dealing with an agent who is helpful and honest, he or she has made a commitment to represent the seller’s best interest in the sale of their home.

It’s like going to court and using the other side’s attorney. Think about it, you just wouldn’t do it! Oh sure, a few buyers believe that if they deal directly with the listing agent, that they will be able to get the home for a lower amount because the agent will reduce their commission with not needing to pay a cooperating broker. While this may occur, don’t count on it! Though regardless, there is still no experienced real estate pro protecting your interest.

In all honesty, many buyers don’t have any idea the ways in which a good experienced real estate professional looks out for their interest in a contract negotiation. Most buyers think that the price is about the only thing in play. Wrong! Every real estate transaction is about price and terms, including timelines for inspections, appraisal, loan approvals etc. My experience tells me that all buyers need guidance. Even those who don’t think they do. Sometimes especially those who don’t think they do!

Bob Ashworth photo cardIn addition, effective negotiating takes practice. Most people buy or sell one or two, maybe three homes in a lifetime. A full time real estate professional is writing and negotiating real estate contracts every week. If you have your thumb on the pulse of the market and negotiate dozens to hundreds of deals every year, go ahead and make an offer with the list agent. Otherwise, tap into the experience of a good buyers agent assist you with your real estate purchase. The best agents of course are the ones who list and sell homes as well as work with buyers to make a purchase. For instance, I use my experience with buyers on other listings to counsel my sellers on the current mindset of the buying public, and vice versa.

As an added bonus, in virtually all cases, including shopping for a builder to build your new construction home whether it be on your own lot, a lot you purchase, or a home in a developing community; your agent’s commission will be paid by the seller, or builder as the case may be. What many people fail to realize is that the Multiple Listing Service or MLS, is the greatest networking platform ever devised. All Realtor listings get uploaded into the MLS by the listing agent, with a cooperating commission amount clearly displayed to any and all other Realtor’s in that area. While the listing agent may not yet have a buyer for that new listing, maybe one of the thousands of agents associated with the MLS is already working with a buyer looking for a home just like that.

So the next time you are going to buy a home, commit yourself to working with a good experienced Realtor. If it’s SW Florida where you’re buying, I’ll be happy to help you. My pledge is that I will never try to sell you a home; I’ll help you buy one. The one that is right for you and your budget.

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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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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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