buying a home: How 2013 Building Codes in Cape Coral, Fl. affect you! - 08/06/13 10:57 PM

 
Whether you are building a new home or updating an older home, you and your contractor should be aware of the residential building codes for your state. In Florida, the building codes for windows and air conditioning units are undergoing changes.
The 2013 Florida Building Code (FBC) is now in the initial stages of development for an implementation in March 2014.
The FBC is essentially starting from scratch. They are throwing out the previous version with accumulated state amendments, and are starting with a clean slate with no amendments aside from those separately mandated by other state laws.
The … (0 comments)

buying a home: What an AMAZING COMMUNITY! Check out SANDOVAL in Cape Coral, FL. - 06/10/13 09:49 PM
Buying a Home in Sandoval Are you thinking of buying a home, and wondering if Sandoval is right for you? You've come to the right place! We've gathered all the information you need in one convenient location.
Do you already own a home in Sandoval? Check out our Sandoval Seller's Guide to see if now is the right time to sell. Or, if you have friends interested in buying or selling, send them here so they can learn more about this great community.
What's Sandoval Like? Location: If you're looking to live next to shopping, fine dining, parks, the Gulf of Mexico, and schools, … (0 comments)

buying a home: How much does it cost to build a home? - 05/31/13 09:50 PM
  So, once you’ve decided on a design for your new home, just how much will it cost to build? A good place to start is a free online building cost estimator. (There are many websites that have this available.) Once you have the general idea, you will need to then look for hidden costs that may add to your final bill. Here are tips for estimating the cost of your new home:
This is the sixth tip in What’s New in New Construction: 12 Tips for Building a Home in Southwest Florida Today, a free eBook.
Talk to Local Builders
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buying a home: Want to live near the beach? - 05/29/13 11:55 PM
 

This is the third installment of Top 12 Reasons to Retire in Cape Coral, Florida which can also be downloaded from our freeeBook library.
Whether you’re traveling to the beaches of southwest Florida by car, or straight from your Cape Coral dock, you’ll be happy when you get there. Either way, it’s only a short journey to some of the most fabulous beaches that southwest Florida has to offer.
With white, sugar sand and the gentle Gulf waves, the southwest Florida beaches are perfect for beach bums of every age! No matter what type of activity you enjoy, you’ll find it … (1 comments)

buying a home: Moving in? Here's your resource list for Cable, Utilities, Water, Garbage, etc. - 05/26/13 09:48 PM
Moving in? Here's your resource list for Cable, Utilities, Water, Garbage, etc. Cape Coral City Directory Power Companies Florida Power and Light Lee County Electric Company Television and Cable Providers Comcast Century Link Dish Network Direct TV Utilities Lee County Utilities Cape Coral Utilities Contact AJ today! Or call 239-565-7867.
We serve Southwest Florida: Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Captiva, Fort Myers, North Fort Myers, Sanibel.
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buying a home: What is the #1 Reason to live in Cape Coral, Fl? - 05/19/13 09:38 PM
 
This is the first installment of Top 12 Reasons to Retire in Cape Coral, Florida which can also be downloaded from our freeeBook library.
If you prefer sunny, warm breezes over blizzards, Cape Coral real estate might be the right choice for you. Snowbirds (the affectionate name for our seasonal residents) have been enjoying mild southwest Florida winters since Edison and Ford started the trend of migrating south over a hundred years ago! If it’s January and you’re watching the Weather Channel, then you already know what you might be missing.
But just for fun, let’s take a look at the actual numbers. … (0 comments)

buying a home: Have you thought about living in a boater's paradise? - 05/11/13 10:11 PM
 
This is the second installment of Top 12 Reasons to Retire in Cape Coral, Florida which can also be downloaded from our free eBook library.
If you own a boat, or have ever wanted to, then there truly aren’t many better places to live than Cape Coral, Florida.
Put simply, Cape Coral is paradise for water lovers. Those who are new to the area are often shocked to learn that this city has over 400 miles of canals and waterways! This makes it both easy and affordable to get a waterfront home, or have easy access to a canal.
Nearly half of Cape … (0 comments)

buying a home: Great tips on How to Choose the Right Real Estate Agent! - 05/09/13 09:51 PM
 
 
This is the first of 12 Tips on How to Sell Your Home Fast which can be downloaded from our free eBook library.
If you are trying to sell your home quickly, one of the most important things to consider is choosing the right Realtor in Cape Coral. If you are eager to sell, you may find an agent at an open house or through a friend’s referral. Sometimes it is possible to stumble on a good match this way, but it’s not necessarily the best way to find the right person for you.
To save time, you may also be tempted … (2 comments)

buying a home: Are you tired of the cold weather? Number 1 reason to move to Florida! - 05/04/13 01:05 AM
 
This is the first installment of Top 12 Reasons to Retire in Cape Coral, Florida which can also be downloaded from our free eBook library.
If you prefer sunny, warm breezes over blizzards, Cape Coral real estate might be the right choice for you. Snowbirds (the affectionate name for our seasonal residents) have been enjoying mild southwest Florida winters since Edison and Ford started the trend of migrating south over a hundred years ago! If it’s January and you’re watching the Weather Channel, then you already know what you might be missing.
But just for fun, let’s take a look at the actual numbers. … (1 comments)

buying a home: Ready to buy a home in Southwest Florida? - 04/27/13 09:55 PM
If you’re interested in buying real estate in Southwest Florida…

…this blog is tailor-made to help you find a great investment!
 
Over the next few months, I will provide you with “12 Tips to Buying Real Estate in Southwest Florida.” If you decide you’d rather not wait for the blog posts, you can download all of this information for FREE in an eBook that’s available on my web site www.AckermanSWFL.com/ebooks/.
I will be giving you free insight on topics including:
How to choose an agent Purchasing a short sale vs foreclosure The pros & cons of buying a new … (3 comments)

buying a home: If Inventory is low, consider building a new home! - 04/05/13 12:39 AM
 
The inventory of new homes in Southwest Florida is extremely low right now. Why? The rate of foreclosures is almost half of what it was a few years ago. In addition, we’ve seen a large increase in home sales. As the economy improves and interest rates remain low, people are more motivated to buy property.
This is the second tip in What’s New in New Construction: 12 Tips for Building a Home in Southwest Florida Today, a free eBook.
Your home is your most valuable asset, both financially and sentimentally. Your new home is the place you will be starting the … (0 comments)

buying a home: Cash or Finance? Which will you choose when making your home purchase? - 03/26/13 09:58 PM
Cash or credit? It’s the universal question in retail purchases.

This is the 10th tip in our series: “12 Tips for Buying Real Estate in Southwest Florida” which is also available as a free eBook at www.AckermanSWFL.com.
Whether you’re in the drive-thru at a fast-food restaurant or purchasing your groceries at the store, the quick decision is continually running through your mind throughout the day.
 
It’s usually a quick decision to pull out your wallet to make such a simple transaction.
Pulling out your credit card or cash doesn’t require too much thought.
Other cash or finance decisions require … (1 comments)

buying a home: Is now a good time to build new construction? Tip one on why it is! - 03/21/13 12:59 AM
 
In Southwest Florida, the new construction of homes dwindled to next to nothing after 2007. As a result, the inventory of “new” homes may actually be 7 years old. What does this mean for you? It means that many of the new homes on the market are now susceptible to many of the issues that can affect older homes.
New homes provide benefits such as:
Lower Maintenance Energy efficiency Impact windows and doors New appliances under warranty Air Conditioning Units
An average A/C unit lasts 12-18 years. A unit that has that has been exposed to the elements, or … (0 comments)

buying a home: To pay or not to pay for water utilities? That is the question........ - 03/11/13 10:10 PM
If you’re unfamiliar with Southwest Florida, you may not know the areas…

This is the eighth tip in our series: “12 Tips for Buying Real Estate in Southwest Florida” which is also available as a free eBook at www.AckermanSWFL.com/ebooks/.
…where houses have well water & septic systems and the areas where houses are on city water and sewer. This is important information to know when you’re searching like a real estate agent for homes because it could mean that you’ll have to pay a monthly water utilities bill.
 
Well water & septic systems are typically found in houses in … (0 comments)

buying a home: What are your Real Estate Agent's duties? Do you know? - 03/08/13 09:26 PM
 
This is the seventh of 12 Tips on How to Sell Your Home Fast, which can be downloaded from our free eBook library.
You are paying your real estate agent a commission to sell your home. What do you get in return? What are the real estate agent’s duties?
The first duty of your real estate agent is to prepare research for your listing appointment, as discussed in Tip #2. He or she is also responsible for marketing your home to potential buyers and should provide you with tips on staging your home for a quick sale.
 
A typical real … (1 comments)

buying a home: What's New with New Construction? - 03/06/13 08:57 PM
Posted by A.J. On March 6th
If you’ve been looking to buy a new home recently, you may be disappointed. There aren’t many old homes for sale, and many “new” homes were built as long ago as 2007.
Are you feeling like you’re out of options? Is new construction really a good choice right now?
I understand your desire to get exactly the home you’re looking for! You probably want it to be in the right neighborhood, up to date, and priced right. You might also have questions about how to go about building a home, to see if that’s … (0 comments)

buying a home: What are the signs of chinese drywall? - 03/02/13 09:11 PM
Chinese drywall includes most defective drywall…

This is the seventh tip in our series: “12 Tips for Buying Real Estate in Southwest Florida” which is also available as a free eBook at www.AckermanSWFL.com/ebooks/.
…that was imported from China from 2001 to 2007. This tainted drywall emits sulfuric gas and noxious odors and can cause corrosion on metal surfaces, internal writing, appliances and electronics.
 
Dangers of Chinese drywall
Corrosion resulting from Chinese drywall can create issues with electrical appliances, including alarm systems and smoke detectors. In very high concentrations, Chinese drywall emits hydrogen sulfide, a dangerous gas that is considered fatal in high … (2 comments)

buying a home: Should I buy a new home or an older home? - 02/21/13 08:43 PM
Once you’ve made the choice to own a home in Southwest Florida…

This is the sixth tip in our series: “12 Tips for Buying Real Estate in Southwest Florida” which is also available as a free eBook at www.AckermanSWFL.com/ebooks/.
…consider the pros and cons of buying new vs previously owned homes.
 
There’s something to be said for an older home. Older homes have a charm that new homes can rarely compete with. Unique characteristics can be found in older homes that you’d never think you’d find in a newer home. In older communities you traditionally get mature landscapes and … (3 comments)

buying a home: How do I set the right price for the sale of my home? See the Video! - 02/10/13 12:47 AM

 
This is the fourth of 12 Tips on How to Sell Your Home Fast which can be downloaded from our free eBook library.
When you are trying to sell your home fast, setting the right asking price is absolutely key.
You can’t change the location of your Fort Myers home. You also can’t quickly change the other fundamentals of your home – its size, layout, or similar factors. In most cases, the home’s price is the strongest weapon in the quest for a quick sale!
As long as you haven’t picked a shady, fly-by-night operator for a real estate … (0 comments)

buying a home: Do you know why you need to work with a buyer representative? - 02/04/13 03:59 AM
Do you know why you need to work with a buyer representative? A buyers representative is a real estate professional that provides you, the buyer, with the knowledge you need to make buying a home pleasant experience.  They work with you to determine your needs, your initial investment, and your monthly payments so you know what you can expect and how much you can afford.  
Whether it is residential or investment property,  a buyers agents is involved throughout the entire process:
Determining a "fair market value" for the real estate you're interested in. Informing you of all your legal rights and obligations, Explaining the benefits … (0 comments)

 
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