cape coral realtor: Selling a home? Find out how to price it here…. - 01/17/14 08:43 PM
If you’re selling a home, have you thought about the cost of waiting for it to sell?
If it’s your only home, the cost of waiting is the difference between your current home’s monthly expenses and your new home’s monthly expenses.
If it’s a second home, it’s just the cost of the current home’s expenses.
To make the math easy, let’s say you’re selling a second home with monthly expenses like this:
•  $500 Association Fee or Maintenance
•  $200 Property Taxes
•  $100 Electricity
•  $700 Mortgage Payment (interest portion only)
That means if you keep the house around, the costs add up to … (1 comments)

cape coral realtor: How long does it take to build a home? - 08/23/13 07:30 AM
 
 
Generally speaking, the home building process in Southwest Florida is about 4-6 months. There are many factors that can affect the time frame for building a home. From the size of your home to the size of your building crew, to the potential issues that may arise throughout the process, it can be hard to estimate an exact time frame. However, below are the phases that you can typically anticipate as you progress through the process. Most phases are about a week, but some may be 2-3 weeks, while others may be only a few days.
This is the … (0 comments)

cape coral realtor: 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)

cape coral realtor: Quick Tip on How to sell your home fast! - 08/03/13 01:32 AM
Hiring the wrong broker 
There are many ways of finding a good broker. Personal recommendations from friends and colleagues are often the best way to go. If someone outside the real estate business with nothing to gain is bringing up a broker, you can be pretty sure you’re on to a winner. The best brokers —  the top 10 percent —  do 90 percent of all the business. So don’t get stuck with a lemon. You want someone with enthusiasm and drive, someone who will give you the attention you need and steer you through the whole messy process with courtesy and professionalism.
See what … (0 comments)

cape coral realtor: Where is a good place to retire with low taxes? - 07/31/13 11:32 PM
 
This is the eleventh installment of Top 12 Reasons to Retire in Cape Coral, Florida which can also be downloaded from our freeeBook library.
Another great reason to retire in Florida (especially Cape Coral) is because it’s one of a few low tax states!
States with no income tax
In 2010, the average Cape Coral resident paid about $1,436 in property taxes. They also enjoyed paying no state income tax since Florida is one of 7 states that do not tax individual incomes.
A 6% sales tax, which ends up including many tourist dollars, helps to offset the lack of a state … (0 comments)

cape coral realtor: Water Utilities Coming Soon? To Pay or Not to Pay? - 07/28/13 11:16 PM
If you’re unfamiliar with Southwest Florida, you may not know the areas…

 
Tip 8: To Pay or not to Pay Water utilities. That is the question. 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 … (0 comments)

cape coral realtor: Live Near the Beach!!! This is the Life - 07/23/13 10:39 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 … (0 comments)

cape coral realtor: FRE TIPS: Preparing for Your Closing - 07/21/13 10:50 PM
This is the last of 12 Tips on How to Sell Your Home Fast, which can be downloaded from our free eBook library.
Congratulations! You’re ready to finish the home sale. If all has gone according to plan, you have sold your home quickly and are ready to move on.
The process of closing the deal on a real estate transaction can be complicated, but with the right real estate agent, it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. If you followed the first tips in our blog, you chose an experienced, professional real estate agent who was comfortable answering all of your questions. During … (0 comments)

cape coral realtor: Personalized Market Report for your area - 07/15/13 11:01 PM
As you continue to search for properties in Cape Coral, it is important for you to stay aware of the local real estate market. The market report I have included in this link will provide you with wonderful information like pricing trends, inventory, current homes for sale, community statistics, school information, etc.
http://www.buyandsellcapecoralhomes.com/mimarket/zip/33914/
Thank you for utilizing my site to get up-to-date real estate information. I look forward in working with you in the future. Have a Beautiful Day!
http://www.buyandsellcapecoralhomes.com/mimarket/zip/33914/
AJ Ackerman
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cape coral realtor: First Time Home Buying MADE EASY - Simple Checklist - 07/14/13 10:52 PM
Everyone remembers their first time…

This is the 12th 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.
buying a home.
 
Choosing where to live in Southwest Florida is one of the easier parts of the first time home buying process.
There is much research that will need to be done, once you’ve decided where you want to live.
Consider which area of town you’ll want to live in.
If you’re thinking about Cape Coral, you must consider how their water assessments and utilities will … (0 comments)

cape coral realtor: CONSTRUCTION LOANS - How they Work... - 07/07/13 11:26 PM
 
Much like buying a home, building a home requires you to either pay for it outright or get a loan. Here is how construction financing works today:
Financing construction involves obtaining a construction loan from a lending institution. Construction loans are usually considered short term financing. Once the construction project is completed, the loan is typically converted into a permanent mortgage loan.
This is the third tip in What’s New in New Construction: 12 Tips for Building a Home in Southwest Florida Today, a free eBook.
Qualifying for a construction loan
Construction loans may be harder to qualify for … (1 comments)

cape coral realtor: FREE TIPS on How to Sell Your Home Fast! - 07/04/13 10:49 PM
Houses 4 sale on the market today…

This is the second tip in our series: “12 Tips for Buying Real Estate in Southwest Florida” which is also available as a free eBook atwww.AckermanSWFL.com/ebooks/.
…are usually great deals (if not steals) for buyers. But what if you’re on the other end of the transaction? Read on for tips for sellers!
 
For many, part of the buying process means selling a home as well, unless of course you are a first time home buyer. At first, you may be inclined to go to the local newspaper and immediately list your home in the houses 4 … (1 comments)

cape coral realtor: What Happens After a Realtor Shows Your Home? Read to Find Out =) - 07/02/13 10:55 PM
This is the ninth of 12 Tips on How to Sell Your Home Fast, which can be downloaded from our free eBook library.
After you have an open house event or an agent shows your home to a prospective buyer, there are three possible outcomes. You can get no offers on your house, you might get one offer or, in the best case scenario, you receive multiple offers!
 
If You Don’t Get an Offer

If you don’t get an offer immediately on your home, don’t despair. Even when homes are priced correctly, it often takes multiple showings to find the right buyer … (1 comments)

cape coral realtor: New Construction is BOOMING! What You NEED TO KNOW - 06/30/13 10:46 PM

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 the right option for you.
I’ve … (2 comments)

cape coral realtor: ATTENTION BUYERS!!! Chinese Drywall Signs to Look For! - 06/26/13 10:49 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 … (24 comments)

cape coral realtor: PRICES ARE UP! Let's Sell Your Home =) - 06/23/13 11:12 PM
Houses 4 sale on the market today…

This is the second 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/.
…are usually great deals (if not steals) for buyers. But what if you’re on the other end of the transaction? Read on for tips for sellers!
 
For many, part of the buying process means selling a home as well, unless of course you are a first time home buyer. At first, you may be inclined to go to the local newspaper and immediately list your … (0 comments)

cape coral realtor: We are Hiring! Creating 15 new Real Estate Career Opportunities! - 06/21/13 11:30 PM
Creating 15 New Cape Coral Real Estate Jobs A Cape Coral real estate team aims to double its workforce to thirty employees in response to increased home prices and the return of new construction.
CAPE CORAL, FLORIDA -  - Growth is the watchword for Southwest Florida real estate in 2013, according to AJ Ackerman, REALTOR® at Century 21 Sunbelt in Cape Coral. His team, Randy Peska & Partners, plans to double its workforce this year from fifteen to thirty, after doubling from seven employees in the last three years.
Century 21 Sunbelt Realty Ackerman says the job growth is driven by an … (0 comments)

cape coral realtor: SUCCESS! How to quickly start your Real Estate Career (4 Easy Steps) - 06/19/13 10:49 PM
4 Step Real Estate License Process State Real Estate License Requirements Must be 18 years of age Must have a high school diploma or equivalent Must have a social security number Real Estate Licensing Process There are just a few simple steps involved with obtaining a Florida Real Estate Sales Associate License, and if you follow our 4 Step Real Estate License Process you can have your license in hand in 30 days or less!
Step 1 - Complete the 63 Hour Sales Associate Pre-License Course. 
Classes are available locally through Larson Educational Services (License #ZH1002299) and can be completed weekdays, weekends or … (0 comments)

cape coral realtor: How to Save Money When Building a Home - 06/12/13 10:55 PM

Existing homes are usually less expensive per square foot than newly-built homes. This is often the result of escalating land costs in new subdivisions. However, as you are probably aware, the home values in Southwest Florida have significantly decreased from where they were 7-10 years ago, so this is not always the case. Depending on size and location, building a new home may actually end up saving you money.
This is the seventh tip in What’s New in New Construction: 12 Tips for Building a Home in Southwest Florida Today, a free eBook.
When you build new, ownership costs are considered more predictable. … (0 comments)

cape coral realtor: ATTN: NATURE LOVERS! Cape Coral is right for you! - 06/10/13 09:45 PM
 
This is the fourth installment of Top 12 Reasons to Retire in Cape Coral, Florida which can also be downloaded from our free eBook library.
If you read our last tip, you know that Cape Coral has access to some of the most amazing beaches in Florida. But, the nature in Cape Coral is not limited to the beach. If you love the outdoors, Cape Coral has an abundance of activities for nature lovers of every kind. The city is home to several parks, including Saratoga Lake Park, Horton Park, Four Freedoms Park and more….
 
One of the … (0 comments)

 
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Cape Coral, FL

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