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Lee County Hurricane Probabilty

Southwest Florida is uniquely situated along the Gulf Coast and enjoys less storm activity due to currents. The last hurricane in this area was 2005 and well-known Charlie in 2004. Prior to that, it was 1960 (Donna). As shown at right (from the News-Press), the...

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Working with a Buyer’s Agent

A Good Buyers Agent Knows Where the Deals Are SageRealtor Group News October 2010 With the recent news of the hold on foreclosures, buyers are understandably wondering if there are still good values to be had. Answer – Yes. It's long been a misconception that the...

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Vacation Property FAQs

Southwest Florida Vacation Property FAQs It's that time of year when we have many vacation property buyers. For some, the idea of owning a property far away from home is new and a bit daunting. But rest assured, it's business as usual in our neck of the woods and...

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Buying Condos in Southwest Florida

Considerations Before You Start Condo Shopping We have a lot of condo buyers and some are initially a bit overwhelmed trying to decide which type of condo is best for them in Southwest Florida. There are so many options… Beach? Golf?...

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Comparable Analysis Terminology

When looking for the right agent to sell your property, one very important aspect of gauging his or her market knowledge and expertise can be found in how the agent approaches the Comparable Market Analysis (CMA) for your property. Simply put, the CMA is intended to...

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Real Estate Investment Strategies: Second Homes

Buying Now While Prices are Low by B. Perkins Realty Times: Real Estate Investment Strategies If you buy a second home now for retirement later, you could give yourself a hedge against home price hikes as well as a relatively low-cost retirement shelter with an equity...

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Southwest Florida Things to Do

Something for Everyone - Southwest Florida Things to Do There are the most obvious forms of entertainment and activities in Southwest Florida: beaches, boating, fishing and golf. View this online guide to Southwest Florida arts, beaches, entertainment, golf, boat and...

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Second Home Strategy: Business Week Article

A Second Home—for Now In the coming decades, baby boomers will only be driving prices up By SUSAN SCHERREIK Business Week Online Closer to age 50 than 60, today's retirement-home buyers favor a farsighted strategy: They're looking for...

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Southwest Florida Anchorages

We've said it before, we'll say it again... there is so much to explore on the waterways of Southwest Florida, it's hard to get it all done. Even for people that have southwest Florida waterfront homes, exploring the InterCoastal Waterway and Gulf of Mexico beaches...

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Square Footage in Southwest Florida Homes

In local Southwest Florida MLS listings, there are two measures of a home’s square footage. The first is the area “under air” (the portion of the home that is air conditioned and heated). A newer 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath home in the price range of $275,000 to $500,000...

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Listing Terminology

Whether you are looking at listings for a potential property purchase or you are working with an agent to determine a home valuation, you will want to know these basics of the terminology in the listing detail or the Comparable Market Analysis (CMA). Active: The...

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Money Magazine: Why Buy Your Retirement Home Now

It's Never Too Early to Plan for Sunshine Don't wait until you retire to buy the home you'll live in for the rest of your life. By Marion Asnes, Money Magazine NEW YORK (Money Magazine) - These days, many 40-year-olds are already thinking about how and where they want...

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Cape Coral Waterfront Properties: Understanding Value

Cape Coral Waterfront Property - What Influences Value? from Southwest Florida Real Estate Newsletter 2009 Happy New Year! There's a heck of a storm raging through the northeast today, and our phone is a ringing with people saying they've had enough of the tundra and...

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What is a Short Sale?

Overview of the Short Sale Process Short sales are becoming less frequent in southwest Florida, but there are still some short sale properties available. A short sale means the owner owes more than the house can sell for in the current market or it is nearing...

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Using an Ira to purchase an Investment Property

The Basics of an Ira Real Estate Investment from the SageRealtor Newsletter Archive In this issue, we highlight a little-known IRS provision that lets you extend real estate purchasing with tax-deferred dollars. Using self-directed IRAs some investors are now...

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Why We Chose Southwest Florida

Part 1 Lifetyle. Lifestyle. Lifestyle. For us it was all about boating. Prior to moving here, we lived in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. We loved boating on the St. Croix River (our boat was slipped at Afton Marina). But we could really only use the boat 3 to 4...

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Case Study: Cape Coral Waterfront Home Buying

Working the List - Finding the Best Deal from SageRealtor News September 2006 Buyer's Profile: UK national, avid boater, entrepreneur in manufacturing, self-proclaimed "cheap Irishman," looking for a DEAL Objective: one or two waterfront homes for investment and for...

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