Cape Coral/Fort Myers makes top 10 affordable places to live.

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cape Coral FloridaThe Cape Coral/Fort Myers area was recently recognized as being one of the top 10 most affordable housing markets in the world, according to an international survey.

The survey originated from Demographia Inc., which ranked Cape Coral/Fort Myers seventh in the world.

Lee County was behind some of the most economically depressed areas in the nation, including Detroit, Flint and Lansing, Mich.

According to Realtor statistics, the median home price in the greater Lee County area was between $89,000 – $90,000 in December 2009.

A total of 1,340 homes were sold in that month, an improvement of more than 300 homes from December 2008.

Realtors on both sides of the bridge are not surprised by where Cape Coral and Fort Myers ranked on that list.

They say now is the time to buy, especially if you’re someone who’s looking to stay in the new home for three to five years.

“It’s extremely affordable right now,” said Christie Knight, president of the Realtor Association of Greater Fort Myers. “We strongly believe our momentum will increase because of the extended tax credit for first-time home-buyers, and because interest rates are historically low. We feel very confident.”

The inventory of existing homes has decreased year over year, and Realtors are feeling optimistic about 2010.

Most feel the bottom has already been hit, and there isn’t anywhere to go but up, though a new round of foreclosures is expected to hit the market sometime soon.

Paula Hellenbrand of Encore Realty and a former president for the Cape Coral Association of Realtors said the number of foreclosures is deceiving, and that many of those properties are “evaporated” before they ever hit the market.

She added that now is the time for first-time home-buyers to seek out that dream home, as not only has the tax credit been extended, but companies like Fannie May are instituting 15-day waiting periods for owner occupied properties so home-buyers are in direct competition with investors looking to flip properties quickly.

“Our inventory is at a healthy level,” she said.

Source: Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Comments (3)

Tim Lorenz
TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team - Mission Viejo, CA
949 874-2247

I thought Detroit was the least expensive homes in the country.  I would move to FL before Detroit. 

Feb 06, 2010 04:24 PM
Neil Blair-Bennett
Coldwell Banker - Cape Coral, FL

Tim, Cape Coral/Fort Myers is #7 on the top 10 list, and it is beautiful here.

Feb 06, 2010 04:29 PM
Debbie Cullen
REMAX Realty Team-Cape Coral, FL - Cape Coral, FL
Your Cape Coral, FL Specialist

Great blog Neil.  Always enjoy positive news about our area.

Let's see.....palm trees, blue sky, water, great temperatures........and all at an affordable price.  No wonder we have so many buyers in town.

Best wishes for continued success!

Feb 06, 2010 10:23 PM