Moving to Cape Coral, Florida?

Moving to Cape Coral, Florida?

Are you considering a move to Cape Coral, Florida? Looking to learn more about the communities located in Cape Coral? We designed this just for YOU! Below are some of our most sought after criteria for homebuyers. While Cape Coral is an awesome SW Florida community with miles and miles of gorgeous canals; what we are not known for are many gated communities. While we do have some great gated communities with awesome amenities, most of the homes available here in Cape Coral are on stand alone quarter acre lots. That’s why we’ve broken down searches into communities and also criteria, like pool homes & waterfront homes! We hope you find these searches useful to get started but as you know, searches are no replacement for a knowledgable REALTOR so let us know when you are ready for help narrowing your search and checking out some of these homes in person! We look forward to working with you to find your dream home or investment property here in Cape Coral, Florida. Yours in Success, The Florida Future Realty team: 239-542-8521 or inquiry@FloridaFutureAgents.com!

Gated Single Family Home Communities in Cape Coral, Florida:

Bella Vida
Cape Harbour
Cape Royale
Coral Lakes
Emerald Cove
Heatherwood Lakes
Hermitage
Sandoval
Tarpon Point Marina
Trafalgar Woods
West Cape Estates

Popular Search Criteria for Single Family Homes in Cape Coral, Florida:

Pool Homes

Waterfront Homes

Golf Course Communities

Florida Future Realty and Fannie Mae homes around Cape Coral Florida

Florida Future Realty and Fannie Mae homes around Cape Coral Florida

* Update as of Jan 2014: With the conversion from Rapattoni to Matrix it appears our ‘attached documents’ are not being shown. If you have access, please check rapattoni for the documents. Otherwise, you will find everything you need below or you can go to www.Homepath.com for instructions as well. *

 

Real estate agents in and around Cape Coral and Fort Myers Florida, we appreciate your help in selling our Fannie Mae listings. We want to make the process as easy as possible for you & your buyers so we’ve created this page to assist you with the process. Fannie Mae requires certain forms and information to purchase their listings. Below you will find the necessary forms and details to assist you with your Fannie Mae offer.

 

Offer Negotiation & getting in touch with us

Fannie Mae, through the homepath.com website has loads of information to assist you with your offer and closing as well. But we know that the first couple offers you put in may seem a little challenging at first. We want you and your buyers to have an easy time with the process and encourage you to call or email our office for assistance you cannot find through our site, mls or through fannie mae’s information. Typically speaking an email or text gets a faster response than leaving a voice message but please if you call and reach our voicemail leave a message and wait for a call back. We do return all calls promptly but sometimes we are on the other lines or with a customer. When you keep calling multiple times in a row it creates more work for our staff and agents. Your time is very important and we realize you are eager for status information but please allow us a reasonable timeframe to get back with you.

 

Property Status, Is it still available? What about the first look period? Are you still accepting offers?

You’ll find that 99.9% of the status’s are going to be correct in the MLS but once in a great while you may see an incorrect status prior to us being able to make the change. This can happen because we are negotiating in homepath.com and also through our communication system with Fannie Mae and then updating the MLS once we have a status change. Every once in a while you could find the information incorrect on homepath.com as well but we strive to keep everything correct. You can see the 15 day first look countdown on Homepath.com. It may not be identical to days on market in the MLS. This could be for many different reasons but the typical reason is if it went off the market with an offer and then back on (Fannie Mae requires 15 days ON the market total prior to taking investor or second home buyers offers).

 

Fannie Mae Addendum and other Forms

Below is a list of documents commonly used when presenting an offer to Fannie Mae. Fannie Mae is very strict on having the contract & addendum filled out correctly. This includes proper information & signatures & initials where required. Our ‘how to’ form goes over it all but if you need any extra help let us know.

Fannie Mae Addendum to the Contract required on ALL offers – must be filled out completely properly (verify you are using the most recent version by checking on Homepath.com)

FAR/BAR As-Is Contract for Sale & Purchase – required on ALL offers – must be filled out completely & properly (always use the most recent version)

Owner Occupied Certification – required on ALL offers involving an Owner Occupant (end user/primary resident) – buyer & agents must sign

Fannie Mae CoverSheet – while this isn’t required, it helps us immensely in creating the final draft for all parties to have correct information

Proof of funds or Pre-approval letter – required with ALL ACCEPTED offers (and can help with initial offer getting accepted as well) (you get this information from your buyer or their bank or lender) If buyer is financing we need at minimum the following to be able to submit their offer: Mortgage/Bank/Lender Co name, person handling file’s name, phone #, email address, type of loan, % or amount putting down, % rate of loan.

Lead Based Paint Disclosure – required with ALL offers on properties built 1978 & prior

How To Submit an offer & instructions for agents to make sure their offer is put together correctly (official homepath.com)

How to Submit an Offer – for agents to make sure their offer is put together correctly (created by Florida Future Realty to help)

How to Submit an Offer for Customers – for agents to give to buyers to help them when they are not in front of an agent when completing the offer & other forms

Homepath Resources – links to resources to assist you with your offer

 

I put in an offer, when will I hear back?

This question cannot be answered with a simple answer. If there are no other offers in and your offer was put together 100% correct in most cases you’ll hear back within 48 business hours. However if there are multiple offers you will go into a ‘multiple offers / highest & best’ period. If your offer isn’t the one Fannie Mae decides to counter first you may not hear for several days to a couple of weeks. This is typically because Fannie Mae is countering back and forth with another offer. That is usually good news for your buyer as another offer hasn’t been accepted yet. Keep in mind you can also change or rescind your offer at anytime until acceptance. Should you be the offer to be countered first keep in mind that Fannie Mae could have 1 or several other offers sitting there so if you really want the house you need to think about putting your best offer forward or they can move on to the next offer.

 

Why do I keep missing out on all the good deals??

Feel like you keep missing out on the good deals? We send out a Coming Soon email with our assigned properties prior to the actual listing going live. This can give you a head’s up to be prepared for a great property coming on the market. You can also set up a search on homepath.com and set it to automatically send you ‘coming soon’ properties as well from any listing agent. Keep in mind that coming soon may mean tomorrow and it may mean 2 weeks.

Anything you think we missed here? Let us know and we’ll add it!

 

Our office recently moved and we are now located in Central Cape Coral at 804 Nicholas Pkwy E, Suite 3, Cape Coral, FL 33990. Our number is the same: 239-542-8521 

Yours in Success,

Susan Milner

Florida Future Realty, Inc.

Gulf Access Homes in Cape Coral for under $300,000

Gulf Access Homes in Cape Coral for under $300,000

You can still buy a Cape Coral property on a gulf access canal in Cape Coral for under $300,000. The prices are inching up but there are still many great buys in Cape Coral waterfront living. While you are looking through homes keep in mind that to stay updated you can set up a search and have listing emailed right to your inbox as they come on the market. It is easy, free and we won’t bother you unless you ask us something.

Veterans Investment Zone

Cape Coral Veterans Hospital and the Impact on the Cape Coral area Community

In 2010 construction crews broke ground and the much anticipated project had begun. Cape Coral’s very own Veterans Hospital with over 200,000 square feet of space. Before this hospital was built, the closest VA hospital was a 2 and ½ hour car ride away yet SW Florida has one of the largest condensed population of Veterans in the country. Come the end of 2012 our county will have a state of the art facility available right here for our veterans.

So what does this have to do with real estate? A little something labeled the Veterans Investment Zone (VIZ). The Veterans Investment Zone is the surrounding area around the hospital of undeveloped land with massive amount of potential. The city has approved certain incentives for development of commercial and industrial industry. You can search some of the properties here. With prime location just between Cape Coral and Fort Myers we are expected to have hotel chains, restaurants, medical office suites, and much more all within a short time period. If you can find anything available in the area then you should seriously consider investing.

 

The City of Cape Coral has offered incentives and is encouraging businesses to take advantage of the opportunity for growth in South West Florida. Visit the City of Cape Coral website for incentive plans.

Interest rates are at an all time low according to CNNMONEY:

Rates on the 15-year fixed mortgage, which is popular among those looking to refinance, fell to 2.97% — the first time it has dropped below 3% since Freddie Mac began tracking the weekly data.”

Contact an agent at Florida Future Realty today for more information today on real estate and Cape Coral information.

239-542-8521

inquiry@floridafutureagents.com

www.FloridaFutureAgents.comCape Coral Veterans Hospital

 

Looking to reach the VA Hospital in Cape Coral? Their phone number is (239) 997-0626 and are located at 2489 Diplomat Pkwy E, Cape Coral, FL 33909.

Cape Coral Featured Listings

Cape Coral Featured Listings

Cape Coral houseCape Coral real estate brokerage, Florida Future Realty Inc, welcomes you to our site. We have a wide variety of homes and land available from waterfront pool homes to vacant land in Cape Coral. Check back often to see what we have added to our home inventory or just sign up for email updates and receive any new Cape Coral real estate listings that meet your criteria via email.

 

Our real estate listings are easily viewed all over the internet for maximum exposure. We use unique marketing techniques as well to draw attention to the listings we represent so they’ll stand out against the competition. Your house could be featured here as well. To add your home to this page please call 239-542-8521 for your no obligation listing presentation and Comparable Market Analysis. Click Here to fill out our contact us form. See a sneak peek at  Florida Future Realty’s  Marketing Plan. For full details pick up the phone and make your appointment today. We look forward to hearing from you about selling your Cape Coral property.

Florida Future Realty Inc
1222 SE 47th Street
Cape Coral Fl 33904

239-542-8521
inquiry@floridafutureagents.com

 

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Cape Coral Brokerage Florida Future Realty is on the move in Cape Coral

Cape Coral Brokerage Florida Future Realty is on the move in Cape Coral

Florida Future Realty, Inc. has recently relocated to Twelve Twenty Two in South Cape Coral in the CRA district. This building offers great amenities for both our agents and customers. The official opening day for the building is August 16, 2012. There will be an event through the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce from 5:30PM-7:30PM. We hope to see you there!

 

(link to Chamber of Commerce event: http://www.capecoralchamber.com/commerce/events/default.aspx)

 

1222 SE 47th Street

Cape Coral, FL 33904

 

As always, should you need to reach us anytime please give us a call at 239-542-8521 or email inquiry@floridafutureagents.com.

Cape Coral lease options

Lease options are becoming a very popular again. We receive many calls each day, customers interested in purchasing homes in Cape Coral via lease options or some type of seller financing. It has become more challenging due to the lack of inventory being offered at this type of arrangement. Many home buyers are unable to buy because of a recent foreclosure, deed in lieu or short sale. Instead of shuffling their family from home to home they long for a place to call their own.

What is a lease option?
The Lease

The lease agreement is set up from anywhere to 1 to 3 years. First and last month’s rent included to get started. Rental rates are higher than standard rates because the tenant/buyer will be receiving part of their monthly rent towards the purchase price.

Contract for sale and purchase

This price will be based upon the projected market value at the time the lease ends and the sale is to take place. The tenant/buyer will also put a non-refundable deposit down as well. We have found that in our area the norm is between 10-20%, but can always be negotiated. The amount will also be credited towards the buyer’s closing cost and/or the actual sale of the property. This is a NON-REFUNDABLE deposit; if the tenant/buyer defaults for any reason it goes directly to the property owner.

Option agreement

An attorney will draft this portion of the agreement.

The guidelines are as follows for property owners in and around Cape Coral, FL:
You must own more that 50% LTV(loan to value) and be free of any liens.
We will collect a non-refundable deposit for you. 50% to you and the other half will go towards the full commission, to be paid at the closing of the property.

Here is an example of how a lease option would work:

You lease the property to a buyer/tenant for $1,200/month with an end purchase price of $100,000.
The buyer puts down a $5,000 non-refundable deposit that will be used towards the purchase at the end of the term (usually 1-3 years). In that time frame the tenant/buyer will be actively working on some type of financing at the end of the term.

Paid up front: $5,000 non-refundable deposit

First Month’s Rent: $1,200

Last Month’s Rent: $1,200

Total to move in: $7,400

Minus $2,500 to real estate brokerage

You will credit $100-200/month towards the end purchase price also. So say at the end of the 2 year term the buyer qualifies for a loan and purchases the house.

You will credit $200 per month for 24 months towards the purchase price ($4,800) and also credit the $5,000 deposit as well.

The house sells for the agreed upon $100,000 and the buyer has $9,800 to use for closing costs/prepaids/down payment.
You pay the real estate commission ($6,000-$2,500 already paid=$3,500) and sell the house for a net near $83,000 (after closing costs/other fees)

More benefits for of a lease option compared to a straight rental:
• Large non-refundable down payment
• Tenant who wants to buy – care more for property (less maintenance)
• No monthly management fee
• Monthly income for 1-3 years or longer
• Larger monthly income vs. rental
• Sales contract in writing

More benefits of a lease option compared with a straight sale:
• Higher sales price compared to current market/buyer
• Large buyer pool
• Defer capital gains taxes while renting

And finally benefits of a lease option compared with seller financing:
• Close in 1-3 years vs up to 30 years of holding a note
• Evict a tenant who defaults vs foreclosing on them
• Pay only part of the sales commission until property closes

As we mentioned, we have many requests each day for this type of transaction. We have many people each day dreaming of owning their own home again. If you are interested in offering your property or finding a property with a lease option, give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you

Selling your Cape Coral home

Are you thinking of selling your Cape Coral home, just waiting for the “right time”? Now may be your perfect time.

We are all seeing a trend in the current Cape Coral housing market; prices up, inventory down. That includes foreclosed properties. We continue to receive many calls a day from consumers looking to “steal” their next home or investment property for pennies on the dollar. Just like all other types of sales; regular or short, the inventory of foreclosures is down significantly. We currently have in Cape Coral FL only 92 foreclosure listings that are active in the multiple listing service (MLS); a considerable difference from what we experienced in 2008-2009.

What about that “shadow inventory” that we are all hearing about? First, shadow inventory refers to properties that are either in foreclosure that have not “hit” the market or sellers that are delaying putting their property on the market; waiting for the market to recover.
We have been told that many banks are holding properties. They are waiting for the right time to start slowly releasing them; as to not negatively affect the current state. We have been hearing this rumor for quite some time, all waiting patiently. Is this fact or fiction? No one knows for sure, but what we do know is that we have many more buyers than sellers. We need something to sell, so would a shadow inventory released properly and strategically be such a bad thing?

The average buyer is really getting a bum deal, they now have to compete with big time investors; we recently had a listing receive 6 offers in the first 4 hours. So do we think this shadow inventory will negatively affect the current state of the market? We feel like our area is in a great position to absorb these properties and hold steady with the current prices. We may not continue to climb as quickly as we have been, but that just fine. We need to give the regular buyers time to find that perfect property all the while taking advantage of the super low interest rates.

Sellers, if you are trying to wait it out, think about this. Less homes on the market equal more buyers competing. If you home is priced correctly, multiple offers can be a reality. If we can help you sell your home, please don’t hesitate to call. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

For a no obligation market analysis, fill out this short seller form and we’ll send over the data to help you make an informed decision. You can also call us anytime at 239-542-8521 to connect with an agent directly.

Cape Coral gated community HOA fees

Cape Coral gated community HOA fees

Cape Coral gated community HOA fees explained

Living inside a Cape Coral community or development often appeals to many Cape Coral home buyers. The thought of having great amenities tucked inside a secure gate in Cape Coral is appealing. Living with others who have the same interests and perhaps a similar lifestyle can certainly be enticing. Cape Coral has many gated communities that offer diversity in lifestyle from the highly exclusive private to the amenity rich Cape Coral communities with a mix of condos, villas and single-family homes.

Living in a gated community in Cape Coral does come at a price, all communities will have some type of (HOA) home owners association fee. Often if it is a condo they may have a master fee and a condo fee, you need to pay special attention to that. The amount is usually dependent upon the amenities offered, how many residents in the community, and what services are provided.

There may even be special assessments in a community so make sure to have your agent help you research the financials of any Cape Coral community you may be interested in.

River Towers
Monthly condo fee $364.00
Included amenities: Billiards, Clubhouse, Community Boat Dock, Community Boat Lift, Community Boat Slip, Community Pool, Extra Storage, Library, Shuffleboard, Sidewalk, Streetlight, Trash Chute

Cape Harbor
• Harbor Preserve HOA fee of $110.00 per month
• Harbour Point HOA fee of $110.00 per month
• Marina South I & II, Monthly HOA/condo fee $310.00 per month
Included amenities: Basketball, Clubhouse, Community Pool, Exercise Room, Marina, Play Area, Private Membership, Restaurant, Shopping, and Tennis

Cape Royal
Annual Fee/Master HOA $665.00
Included amenities: Golf Course, Putting Green, Restaurant, Tennis, Clubhouse,proshop

Parkside at the Rivers
Monthly Condo fee of $570.00
Included amenities: BBQ – Picnic, Bike Storage, Billiards, Clubhouse, Community Boat Dock, Community Park, Community Pool, Exercise Room, Extra Storage, Vehicle Wash Area

Coral Lakes
Monthly HOA fee of $270.00
Included amenities: Basketball, Bike and Jog Path, Billiards, Business Center, Clubhouse, Community Park, Community Pool, Community Room, Community Spa, Exercise Room, Play Area,

Emerald Cove
Monthly HOA fee of $150.00
Included amenities: Beach – Private, Beach Access, Community Park, Fishing Pier, Play Area, Private Beach Pavilion

Isle of Porta Vista
Quarterly HOA/Condo fee of $1366.00
Included amenities: Clubhouse, Community Pool, Community Spa, Exercise Room

Paradise Point
Included amenities: Pool, spa, underground parking and deeded boat dock

Bella Vida
Monthly HOA fee of $193.00
Included amenities: Clubhouse, pool, tennis courts, soccer field, basketball courts, volleyball courts, playground and a picnic area with BBQ

Heatherwood Lakes
Monthly HOA fee of $139.00
Included amenities: swimming pool, cabana, and playground

Sandoval
Quarterly fee of $508.00
Included amenities: Basketball, BBQ – Picnic, Cabana, Clubhouse, Community Park, Community Pool, Community Spa, Dog Park, Fishing Pier, Play Area, Tennis, Volleyball

*****All fees and amenities are subject to change, all information should be verified*****

 

If we can help you with your search for a home in a Cape Coral community feel free to call us at (239) 542-8521 or click on one of the community links above to search through homes that are currently listed for sale.

Interested in buying a short sale in Cape Coral

Interested in buying a short sale in Cape Coral

Are you interested in buying a short sale in Cape Coral, but aren’t sure how? We all know of someone that has been involved with this type of sale and maybe had a nightmare transaction. Good news; the more you understand this process the easier it may be to easily navigate through it.

What is your time frame? How long do you have to wait for an answer?

Most short sales on average, take about 30-60 days to receive any kind of answer from the bank. A short sale is definitely not a quick solution if you lack patience or need to secure housing by a deadline. Many consumers are leery; they know or knew someone that had a nightmare experience. The short sale may have taken 6 months or more to close; if ever. That is certainly not the norm, but it can happen.

The next thing to consider: Choosing a Real Estate Agent

A knowledgeable agent is certainly the first step in a successful short sale process. Ask questions like “have you helped a buyer purchase a short sale before?” If so, ‘how did the process go?” Then ask, “Have you ever negotiated a short sale for a seller before?” and if so, “how did that process go?” Watch for the agents’ opinion of short sales. If an agent has had a bad experience with a short sale you’ll be able to pick up on that. If they feel like they are a waste of time you’ll notice that too. Then you need to find someone who understands the process and can help you through it.

Next: View the homes

When you are viewing the homes take special note of the condition of the property. Is the property occupied or vacant? Are there tenants living there? If so, when will their lease expire? Has the home been maintained? Has it been destroyed? Keep in mind that short sales are written on an AS-IS contract; that means the seller will not pay for repairs to the property. What you see is what you get. The AS-IS contract will be discussed in more detail later.

Ready to Submit an Offer: Make sure it is written up correctly

There is a basic method to making short sales as streamline as possible with regards to the buyer’s agent. Your agent should of course called the listing agent to determine the status of the short sale. Does the seller plan to accept 1 offer or many? Have any offers already been submitted? If so, what was the outcome? Was there a previous bank approval? What were those terms? Does the seller plan to sign an offer and then take the property off of the market or do they intend to keep it available for sale?

Your offer will consist of the following:

Far/Bar As-Is Contract: This is an approved as-is contract. It does not require for the seller to be responsible for any repairs. It does give the buyer the right to an inspection. If you are not comfortable with the inspection results you can opt out of the contract with no penalty.
Short Sale Addendum: This form outlines timeframes. You can give any number of days for the seller to obtain bank approval, as we discussed the average is 30-60 days. You can make the offer’s effective date good from the time of acceptance by the seller or from the time of receipt of written approval from the bank. It is often advised that you wait for written approval as to not lose money with inspections not knowing the outcome of your offer.
Approval letter if financing: This is a letter from your lender approving your financing.
Or
Proof of Funds if paying with cash: This can be a letter from your bank stating “Mrs. Buyer has adequate funds available to close on said property for $this much money” or it can be a copy of a bank statement.

Earnest Deposit: Typically at least $1,000. The seller’s lender will want proof of this so go ahead and have it ready. It shouldn’t matter who is holding the escrow but if the seller is already working with a specific local title company it is best to have it placed there.

Seller Acceptance:

This often gets tricky for buyers to understand. The seller(not the bank) owns the property and must sign the offer before the bank will begin to process the file for approval. The seller should not take more than a couple days to sign. Keep in mind; the seller is only agreeing to sell the property if the lender agrees to a short sale.

Then you: WAIT for seller’s lender’s approval

Determine how often you’ll get updates. Do you want to know what is going on every week? Only when there is progress? Do you want to be called? Emailed? Communication is key. You and your agent should have a plan. Keep in mind that you and your agent are at the mercy of the seller’s agent. Your agent cannot call the bank for updates; he/she will only get the information from the seller’s agent.

Great News: Approval

Now your effective date starts. This means that your inspection period starts, your loan approval period starts. Make sure you work diligently on your financing because asking for an extension can be a real headache.

At Closing: One extra form

Most banks are now requiring the buyer to sign an affidavit of arms length transaction. This ensures that nothing funny is going on. Some banks are even doing background checks on buyers to verify this as well. Otherwise your closing will be handled like any other real estate closing.

Good Luck, happy buying… Check out the homes in Cape Coral for sale now that are short sales:

Cape Coral housing inventory low

In Cape Coral we have trended from an over abundance of housing inventory to some of the lowest levels in years. The reason for this change is simple. The home prices have fallen; interest rates are low, giving that little push to buyers that were on the fence. Investors are also doing their part; scooping up the last of the “bargains” making it a bit more challenging for the everyday consumer.

We can further analyze this by the absorption rate, the ability of the real estate market to absorb or sell all of the houses for sale in a given amount of time. Currently there are 17 weeks of single family homes on the market. What does that mean to you?

Buyer’s Market: Over 7 months of supply
Balanced/Transitional Market: 5 to 7 months of supply
Seller’s Market: Less than 5 months of supply

It looks like there is no better time than now to purchase that new homes, vacation home or investment property in Cape Coral FL. Call us now and we can help you find that perfect property.

Cape Coral FL Fishing

Cape Coral FL Fishing

Catching Fish in Cape CoralFishing in Cape Coral, Florida

Local Cape Coral fishermen will be quick to tell you about the great fishing opportunities in our Cape Coral area. Living in Cape Coral we see a lot of great fishing going on. There are some certain rules you will need to follow but they are pretty easy to understand and you’ll be on your way to fun in no time.

You can read more online at MyFWC.com (Florida’s Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission)

The site even has fun stuff for kids and tips and tricks as well (like how to tie knots) 🙂

Fishing is definitely a common activity in, and around, Cape Coral. The following chart shows fishing locations in Cape Coral (from Cape Coral parks & rec fishing page)

Fishing Locations in Cape Coral

Below is a list of approved fishing locations within Cape Coral’s parks and the hours that people are permitted to fish:

Park Location Hours
Bernice Braden Park Shoreline & Under Bridge 24 hours
Four Freedoms Park Seawall Area 24 hours
Four Mile Cove Eco Preserve Two Piers Daylight only
Glover Bight at Rotary Park End of Boardwalk Daylight only
Horton Park & Boat Ramp River Shoreline 24 hours
Jaycee Park Shoreline Daylight only
Lake Kennedy Park Two Small Piers Daylight only
Seahawk Park (Lake Argosy) Around Lake Daylight only
Sirenia Vista Shoreline Daylight only
Yacht Club Community Park Fishing Pier 24 hours
Yacht Club Community Park Canals along Floridian Ct. Daylight only

 

You could even hire a professional fishing company such as Conway Charters to take you & your friends/family out on a private fishing trip. Tell him we sent you 🙂


For more information about fishing rules, locations or buying a house in Cape Coral near great fishing spots, contact us! We’d be glad to help you with your Cape Coral fishing questions.

To get started you can start your online search now for Cape Coral property or fill out our contact form to have an agent contact you right away about Cape Coral fishing & Cape Coral real estate!

We look forward to working with you!

If you own a Cape Coral waterfront or even off water property and would like to see it featured here; please let me know. We are looking for realistic sellers who want to get the most out of their property within a reasonable timeframe. We also handle short sales in Cape Coral.

Yours in Success,

Susan Milner, REALTOR Broker/Owner ~ e-PRO, GRI, SFR, CDPE, and (TRC) TransNational Referral Certification

Florida Future Realty, Inc

Search Cape Coral real estate

(239) 542-8521

I’m always looking to hire more motivated and professional licensed Florida real estate agents. If you are interested in learning more about Florida Future Realty, Inc. feel free to contact our office at 2816 Del Prado Blvd. S., Unit 1, Cape Coral, FL 33904, via phone at 239-542-8521, online at Cape Coral Real Estate Career or via email at FloridaFuture@gmail.com. Susan Milner, the broker in charge & owner of Florida Future Realty, Inc. can also be reached on her personal cell phone at (239) 218-2229. All contact will remain strictly confidential.

Unless otherwise noted all content Copyright 2010-2012 Susan Milner of Florida Future Realty, Inc.

Is Your Agent Still Using A Yard Sign and Newspaper to Sell Your Home?

Is Your Agent Still Using A Yard Sign and Newspaper to Sell Your Home?

SoldTake good pictures for your listings

In today’s competitive market inventory is high and good buyers are few and far between. As a seller you must be able to reach as many potential Cape Coral buyers in the shortest amount of time to be able to compete with all these foreclosures and short sales. Yard signs and newspapers just do not do it anymore. With a yard sign you may get that lucky buyer driving by. You may also have an ad in the Sunday newspaper where a reader happens to see your tiny ad in a 200 page newspaper with no pictures and hope for the best.

The simple advertising strategies in Cape Coral and surrounding areas no longer work but there is an easy solution, “the internet”. The internet provides us with some of the most valuable tools available to ANYONE in the real estate industry. Exposure of your home for sale instantly to 6 billion plus people. We have the knowledge and experience to properly market your Cape Coral real estate listing across the internet for maximum exposure.

It all starts with the PICTURES of your home. You can have the most beautiful home with gorgeous views, swimming pool, granite counter tops, customs closets, and marble floors but without GREAT pictures you are just another house for sale. The pictures of your home should be focused on the main selling points such as kitchen, master bath, master bedroom, and spacious living room. They must be well lit and taken with a high megapixel camera. Be picky with your photos and do not be afraid to ask your agent to change out the ones you do not like. This is your first impression to the world, make it a good one. We live in Florida with sunshine 350 days a year so there are no excuses for dark boring pictures.

Next you will have your home entered into the Fort Myers or Cape Coral MLS (Multiple Listing Service) with a well thought out description featuring just enough to intrigue a potential buyer into seeing the property or calling to ask for more information. Too much information gives the buyer no reason to call. The MLS will provide your listing exposure to all of the other real estate agents and their buyers in the area. Next is one of the most important tools that we have available, a great “syndication” program. The syndication will send out your home listing to 100’s of nationally recognized websites with millions of viewers each day. (See why the pictures are so important?). Maybe you have heard of a few, Realtor, Zillow, Trulia, Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Bing, Homegain, Craigslist, Homes, New York Times, and hundreds more. The goal is to be on EVERY SINGLE website that buyers would search for Cape Coral homes.

Now that you are on every website we can think of, you need to have great call to actions in your listing to entice the buyers to click for more information. “If you build it they will come” does not apply to real estate listings in Southwest Florida any longer. Virtual tours, E-flyers, printable flyers, share buttons and sign up forms, are a few helpful tools that lead buyers into making the next move, CONTACTING the agent! These interactive tools are critical to the success of the marketing campaign for your Cape Coral house.

Here at Florida Future Realty Inc, we have developed a wide variety of online tools made available to all of our agents which helps accomplish this massive worldwide exposure campaign. Our highly trained web developers and agents will custom build you a single page website like THIS ONE with a maximum rate of buyer lead capture. A wonderful virtual tour that will create even more interest than your pictures and has proven to increase visitors by 20%. The first week your home is listed you will want to let everyone you know that it is for sale, send them a custom made JUST LISTED eflyer via email, share it on your Facebook wall and have us share it on Facebook and Twitter with our 1000’s of followers. Have a smartphone with a QR reader? Then scan the barcode below and see what happens.

 

This will bring up and save your home listing on anyone’s IPHONE or ANDROID phone. These QR codes will be placed on almost every piece of advertising across the internet we do.

Contact Us

 

As if you wouldn’t have enough exposure with everything we have listed above give us a call for a COMPLETE       marketing plan explaining how we will sell your home in a reasonable amount of time at the highest price the market will allow. Our number is 239-542-8521 and there is an agent available Monday thru Friday 9:00 am till 5:00 pm. or
Email us at inquiry@floridafutureagents.com

 

See how we are different than the rest with the most aggressive Marketing plan in the United States.

FLORIDA FUTURE REALTY INC

239-542-8521

WWW.FLORIDAFUTUREAGENTS.COM

Currency Conversion calculator

The value of the US Dollar is down…… That translates to HUGE saving for our international buyers.

Prices in Cape Coral are still much lower than our peak, but are steadily rising.

AND

There ARE financing options for foreign nationals available….

The median price for a single family home with gulf access in Cape Coral is $375,000 USD

That is 284062.5 EUR ….

OR

370500.00 CAD

What will it cost you to own your dream home?

If you have been considering investing in a home in SW Florida contact our team today. We can assist you in the search to find the right property in Cape Coral or Fort Myers, negotiated at the right price, financed in the best manner to a smooth closing.

Common questions from the international buyer

Will I be taxed at a higher rate because I am not a US citizen?

It is often a misconception of foreign nationals interested in purchasing a home, condo, or vacant land in Cape Coral FL that they will be forced to pay a higher tax rate because of their lack of citizenship. The answer simply is NO. U.S. citizens and foreign nationals are taxed with the exact same guidelines in regards to property tax. Taxes are based on the millage rate set forth by our local government and can change from year to year. Contact your CPA for more info.

I plan to rent my investment property, what type of home will attract that type of cliental, and how much of the year will it be rented?

We find homes that are most appealing to seasonal renters are homes that encompass the Florida resort lifestyle; pool, water view with or without gulf access, upgraded and spacious with a functional floor plan. The season in Cape Coral is from October –April. Rental prices varying during those months, but you can count on much of that time being occupied.

What will it cost to maintain my property when I am not there?

Often home owners will decide to employ a property management company to take care of everything. From securing renters to making certain the home is properly maintained. The charge for an annual rental is around 8-10% of the monthly rental and seasonal rentals range from 15-25%. If you plan to manage the property yourself here is what you can expect:

Lawn maintenance / $75-$100 per month.

Pool maintenance/ $60-$80 per month

Utilities/vary- ask us about the difference in City water and Well water homes.

Alarm system or home watch company/ $50-$150 per month

House keeper /they typically work on an hourly basis/ $20 and up and are usually paid by the renter

Costs associated with marketing your property varies depending on the amount of exposure you desire. A do-it-yourself advertising campaign can become very costly. Check with a rental agent to see what is included in their fees.

What is an AS-IS purchase and sale contract?

An AS-IS purchase and sale contract is the most commonly used in the real estate profession. Often buyers associate this type of contract with short sales and foreclosures. It is in no way limited to those types of transactions. It is also not an indication that there are major issues or an abundance of repairs needed. It simply gives the buyer upfront knowledge that may save time for all parties. An AS-IS contract tells the buyer that the seller will not make any repairs; you are buying the property just as it is, with your right to inspect. If at any time the inspection reveals something you aren’t comfortable with you have the right to move on, buy the property, or reexamine the offered amount. At the end of the day everything is negotiable.