What to do in Cape Coral

The end of October is quickly approaching, and the holiday season is right around the corner. Luckily we don’t have to fight the winter weather and can enjoy the fall and winter season with fun outdoor events and activities.  Cape Coral never disappoints when it comes their schedule of events each year.  Looking for something local to do?  Here is what is planned each weekend for the remainder of the year.

November 11th-13th Cape Coral’s Coconut Festival. This is a three day long carnival like event will include entertainment, food, games, craft exhibits, bands and so much more. 

November 18th –Nights on the Parkway.  This is a new event that is scheduled the 3rd Friday of every month throughout the season.  Take a leisurely stroll around the South Cape enjoying shopping, live entertainment, art, food, and much more.  This new event will have a different theme each month. 

November 19th Southwest Florida Blues Festival.  Some of the best blues musicians around will be playing their tails off at this outdoor event.  In addition to a great afternoon of music you can count on great food and drinks from some of our local eateries. 

December 3rd Holiday Festival of Lights.  Kick off the holiday season with this highly anticipated event.  This festival begins with the annual lighting of the Christmas tree in downtown Cape Coral.  You will be sure to get into the spirit while enjoying holiday inspired entertainment like drum lines, dance troupes, actors and musicians. 

December 10th Bike Night.  Get out your leather chaps for an exciting night filled with motor cycles, music, food and fun.  Don’t miss this highly anticipated Cape Coral favorite.

December 18th Holiday Boat-a-long. Cape Coral residents get there boats holiday ready; complete with lights, costumes and decorations for a cruise around Bimini Basin. 

December 20-23rd Santa Land.  Children all over Cape Coral can’t wait to get in line and meet Mr. & Mrs. Clause.  In addition to the headliners, your children will be able to see a real Elf Village, beautifully decorated Christmas trees, carnival rides, and take a holiday train ride around the lake.

Take in one or all of these amazing events; we are certain you will not regret it.  If we can help you with your buying or selling needs please don’t hesitate to call we look forward to hearing from you.

Yours in Success

The Florida Future Realty Team



3607 SE 21st Place Cape Coral Florida 33904

Cape Coral riverfront home for sale. Located in SE Cape Coral directly on the Caloosahatchee River! You will love this resort style backyard complete with a large saltwater pool, spa & rock features. The lanai also has plenty of space to entertain under roof as well as when you want the shade or to get out of one of our afternoon showers! The composite wrap around deck surrounds the 10,000 lb boat lift. Brick paver driveway and sidewalk up front to either your main home entrance or your guest house. Speaking of guest house ~ this could make a great ‘man-cave’, ‘office’ or ‘mother-in-law suite’ or keep it just for your guests! The original tax roll date means nothing on this house since everything down to the plumbing has been replaced in this home. You’ll love the open floor plan, great for entertaining your family or guests. Travertine tile floors throughout most of the house.

Call our office today for your private showing. (239) 542-8521 or email inquiry@floridafutureagents.com with any questions. Or call Susan Milner (239) 218-2229.

*this home is a short sale & contingent upon lender approval. The seller has already been approved for a HAFA short sale so bring us a decent offer to present to the lender for approval. The seller holds a Florida real estate license*

Cape Coral Gulf Access Waterfront Homes under $1,000,000

Are you interested in investing in a gulf access home in Cape Coral? You can find great properties for sale under $1,000,000. All of these homes listed below provide gulf access from your backyard canal.


Not quite what you wanted? Check out these great waterfront homes in Cape Coral over $1,000,000

Looking for something less expensive but still providing access to the Gulf of Mexico? There are homes under $500,000 with access to the Gulf of Mexico.

Looking for a house under $200,000 still on the water? We have those as well. Waterfront homes under $200,000.

Cape Coral Gulf Access Waterfront Homes under $500,000

You can currently invest in a gulf access home in Cape Coral for less than $500,000. Check out the listings below and if you see something that interests you let us know. We’d be glad to provide you with additional information and/or schedule a private showing at your convenience.


Looking to spend less but still wish to be on the water? Check out these waterfront homes starting under $200,000.
Or looking for something more upscale? Check out these waterfront homes under $1,000,000 or these waterfront homes over $1,000,000 in Cape Coral.

Cape Coral Waterfront homes starting under $200,000

You can buy a waterfront home in Cape Coral under $200,000. There are different types of canals in Cape Coral. Many are fresh water and only lead to other fresh water canals and/or lakes. And there are gulf access canals which can lead you out to the Gulf of Mexico. These properties are obviously priced higher than the freshwater properties in Cape Coral but they are worth it. If you are a boater or just enjoy the waterfront view you should check out what Cape Coral waterfront homes have to offer.

Cape Coral Waterfront homes under $200,000:



Cape Coral Gulf Access Waterfront homes under $500,000
Cape Coral Waterfront homes under $1,000,000
Cape Coral Waterfront homes over $1,000,000

Buying a home in Cape Coral FL at any budget

Every year around this time, many of our Northern neighbors experience their first freeze.  The chill in the air prompts them to pack up their belongings and head south.  Our city will soon wake from its summer slumber and welcome back the snowbirds, vacationers and extend a warm invitation to our potential transplants.  Northerners; No need to pack up those Bermuda shorts and flip-flops just yet, come see what all the fuss is about.  If you are in the market to buy a vacation home or thinking of relocating altogether there is no better time than the present.  Home prices along with interest rates are at an all time low, with plenty of inventory to choose from.  No matter what your budget or criteria there is something here for everyone. Listed below is what you can expect within your budget.

What can you get for up to $100,000?

Well there are many homes available in that price range, 214 to be exact.  There will be an average of 1472 sq feet and 3 beds and 2 baths.  In this price range 17 of these homes do offer an in-ground pool. None of these homes have access to the Gulf of Mexico, but 4 are located on non-navigable fresh water canals, which is still a nice view.   There are 42 of the 214 homes available with the city utilities in and paid. The majority of the 214 homes are located in the NW, NE area of Cape Coral, which is a bit further from the heart of the city, but still a close drive to Pine Island Rd., where many great restaurants and retail stores are located.  106 of these homes are regular resale’s, 53 are foreclosures and 55 are short sales. In this price range many of these homes will not be considered move-in ready, but with some work will still be a great investment.

What can you get from $101,000 to $200,000?

In this price range, a lot of requests we hear from buyers such as; with a pool, 1800 sq feet minimum and access to the gulf can be met, but the price will be closer to the $200,000 mark.  There are 506 homes available in this price range with the average homes being a 3 bed two bath with 1,817 sq ft.   Out of the 506 homes 230 have in-ground pools (average price being $154,841) and 184 have the city utilities in and paid.  96 of 506 homes are waterfront but only 45 of the 96 are gulf access, some with closer proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and/or the Caloosahatchee River than others.  The average home price for the 45 gulf access homes with a pool is $189,900, a great buy for this type of home.   The number of homes in this price range that are regular resale’s are 378, 46 are foreclosures and 82 are short sales.

It is important to understand that some short sales and foreclosures at any price range may have been stripped of certain fixtures, left vacant for extended periods of time, or may have not been properly maintained.  It is really important to have a home inspection to make certain you account for all necessary repairs and to be certain there will be no major surprises after closing.

No matter what your price range or criteria, we are certain we can find a great home to fit your needs, it is just important to be realistic and flexible and all the rest will easily fall into place.  If we can help you find the perfect home at the perfect price please don’t hesitate to call, we look forward to hearing from you.

The Florida Future Realty Team



*Please note the figures here were obtained from the MLS( multiple listing service) on September 26, 2011 are figures are subject to change, feel free to call for updated statistics.

Cape Coral New Construction

Cape Coral New Construction

Cape Coral New Constructionhttp://floridafutureagents.com/cape-coral-real-estate-2/cape-coral-new-construction/ New construction is happening in Southwest Cape Coral, Florida. We may have experienced a lag over the past few years in new builds but we are watching more and more houses pop up all over the SW quadrant of Cape Coral again. Most of these new construction homes are being built on gulf access canal lots. They are larger, upscale homes not to be confused with the smaller, row type housing developments that flooded our market in 2005 and 2006. While I may not know each owner and their intended use for these new waterfront homes in SW Cape Coral I would take an educated guess that these Cape Coral homeowners are financially stable and educated with their real estate investment. Some may be used as investments while many others will be used as vacation homes or even primary homes. Cape Coral new construction continues to rise! Home buyers hear about all of the great house buying opportunities here in Cape Coral but when they arrive and investigate further they often find that in order to buy the exact house they were hoping for they’ll either have some major fix up work to complete on an existing house or they can find a builder to assist them with building their dream home. We have contacts with builders to suit even our pickiest buyers. If you are thinking about building a home in Cape Coral let us know what you are looking for and we can assist you. We can help you find the vacant land ourselves or sometimes the actual builder will have some nice parcels for you to check out as well. The best piece of advice we can provide is to hire an educated real estate agent to assist you with your home build. Having an experienced agent on your side to help guide you through the current market is critical. There are no additional fees to hire a licensed real estate agent to assist you in your search for a new home. Whether you decide to build on a standalone residential lot or inside one of our lovely gated communities in Cape Coral, there are great options available for all. We look forward to working with you. Remember, we can assist you with pre-existing homes as well. We have agents who are familiar with the typical distress sells as well like foreclosures and short sales but we also work with new builds to cater to our discriminating buyers as well. 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 real estate! We look forward to working with you! If you own a Cape Coral waterfront or 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 2, 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 2008-2014 Susan Milner of Florida Future Realty, Inc.

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Cape Coral real estate market in the news

Cape Coral HouseCape Coral and Fort Myers are making headlines all over!

Did you read about the Cape Coral and Fort Myers real estate market on Inman News?

“Two Florida markets saw the highest jumps: median list price in Fort Myers-Cape Coral rose 25.7 percent to $225,000, and the median in Miami rose 8.6 percent to $239,000.
Shreveport-Bossier City, La., followed with an 8.1 percent increase, to $173,000. Fort Myers-Cape Coral and Miami also saw the biggest year-over-year drops in inventory: -25.3 percent and -29.9 percent, respectively.”

What about CNNMoney’s take on the rise in prices in Cape Coral?


Even Realtor.org had a blurb about the Cape Coral real estate market:

The Gulf Coast Business Review reminded us that our Fort Myers local board of REALTORS announced that Foreclosures are fading in comparison to traditional sales here in the Fort Myers and Cape Coral areas:


They also let us know that we may be turning point central:

Want to read other great news coming out of Cape Coral? We are ranked the second safest city in all of Florida:


Summer is historically our ‘slowest’ time of the year for Cape Coral real estate sales so if you are looking to make a home purchase in SW Florida come on down this summer and see what we have to offer. I have a strong suspicion that come fall (our typical busy season) we will see more price and inventory adjustments here in the Cape Coral real estate market.

There are so many different unique opportunities right now for buyers of Cape Coral real estate.

Some experts warn that this ‘new’ news may leave Cape Coral home sellers confused about pricing. I’m sure it will confuse some of the sellers in Cape Coral. That is why it is the best idea for Cape Coral sellers to consult with a reliable and honest real estate professional who specializes in Cape Coral real estate. Considering selling your home or property in Cape Coral? Contact us at Florida Future Realty, Inc. to find out if now is the best time for you to sell your Cape Coral real estate. We market our listings internationally & have a solid reputation for selling houses in and around Cape Coral, Florida.

Our Broker, Susan Milner also just created a video update showing the first quarter’s statistics for the Cape Coral real estate market that I’m sure you’ll find interesting:


Yours in Success,

Florida Future Realty, Inc.

(239) 542-8521


Cape Coral waterfront short sales

Should you buy a Cape Coral waterfront short sale?


If you are looking for a below-market deal, have time to wait & have cash or great financing in place a waterfront short sale may be right for you.

A typical short sale can take up to 120 days, and sometimes longer, to close once you have submitted an offer on a waterfront Cape Coral short sale.

The bank has to approve the offer. But once the bank has approved your offer, they will require you to close within 30 days (sometimes sooner) or charge you a daily per diem for each day past the date of closing you wait.

We have helped many customers find great waterfront homes in & around Cape Coral, Florida. Many of these Cape Coral waterfront short sale properties have sold for more than half of the mortgage amount owed by the seller!

Once we determine your wants & needs we can narrow the search down to only show you those houses best suited for you. We won’t waste your time looking at homes that are of no interest to you. Your time is valuable. We understand this. We want to streamline the process for you.

Our team members are highly skilled & have a very high knowledge of the current market in & around Cape Coral, Florida. They know what is going on in Cape Coral real estate & can make the process very pleasing.

Start your search below or contact us today.

We look forward to working with you.

Yours in Success,

Susan Milner, e-PRO GRI Realtor
Licensed Real Estate Broker
Florida Future Realty, Inc.

Currently available waterfront short sales in Cape Coral:

Cape Coral Luxury Real Estate

Cape Coral Luxury Homes

Cape Coral, Florida offers many wonderful luxury homes to suite your needs. From gulf access homes, to riverfront homes to large off-water estates, there is something here for every luxury buyer’s wants and needs.

Cape Coral luxury real estate is still a great value. Our prices have adjusted considerably since the crazy highs of 2005. If you haven’t looked at homes here in Cape Coral lately you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised by how far your money will stretch for a great luxury home in Cape Coral.

Below is a list of some of the very best Cape Coral luxury home buys available and you can also set up your own Cape Coral luxury home search or call or email us to handle it for you.

Cape Coral luxury Real Estate is priced right! Cape Coral real estate offers homes on or off water with freshwater access, gulf access, direct access to riverfront! From under $200,000 to into the millions there is a place I’m sure you could fall in love with!

Buying or selling a luxury home in Cape Coral should not be handled by just any real estate agent. You need to work with an experienced Cape Coral real estate professional who truly understands your needs. Our team has been working in the Cape Coral, Florida area for nearly 20 years. We understand your neighborhood, the community & the lifestyle.

Whether you are buying or selling a home, hire a Cape Coral real estate team like us, who understand the market and can explain options available in Cape Coral, Florida. We invite you to contact one of our team members today, as we’d be delighted to assist you with this important transaction.

In addition, if you have any questions about buying or selling real estate in general, please contact us as we’re more than willing to help.

Please browse this website for great Cape Coral luxury listings, real estate market reports and important local Cape Coral real estate information.

As always, should you have any questions or need any additional information, we are only a phone call or email away.

We look forward to working with you.

Yours in Success,

Florida Future Realty, Inc.

Cape Coral Luxury Real Estate

The differences between Cape Coral canals

Cape Coral FL is a water lover’s paradise; there are more than 400 miles of canals in this area ready for fishing, boating, relaxing and fun. 

If you are unfamiliar with our area and the differences in the types of canal front homes it can be confusing as to what type of canal property will suit your needs.  What is the proximity to the river? The Gulf of Mexico? The ease of navigation?  Salt water or fresh
water?  It can be really confusing and hard to understand. 
Here are the differences below.

Gulf Access:

Direct Sailboat Access: direct often refers to sailboat access, and is the most desirable of the Cape Coral waterfront choices. These types of properties are in high demand and that is reflected in the greater asking price.  There are no bridges to contend
with so the size of your boat isn’t a factor.

Not Direct Access:

The difference is the time it takes to actually navigate to the river.  Some are quick and take just minutes, others are full of twists turns and no wake speeds that take more than an hour to actually reach open water.   

Gulf Access with Bridges:

There are bridges in your route to the river that have size restrictions. The bridge height restrictions DO accommodate most boats, but if you plan to have a sailboat or an extra large model this type may not be suitable.

Fresh Water Canals:

These canals are often for aesthetic purposes only. They have a great view, but no access to navigable waterways. These types of canals are not meant for major boating. Some of these canals do lead to a string of lakes that allow personal water crafts, and fishing boats.

Whatever your boating needs one of these canals can be right for you, if we can help answer any of your questions or help you find your dream home we would be happy to help. 

Yours in Success,                                                 

The Florida Future Realty Team



How to pick the perfect Cape Coral real estate agent.

As with anything, the real estate profession is filled with honest trustworthy agents, but there are those who give all hard working agents a bad name, with their lack of knowledge and shady practices.  During the real estate boom, every Tom, Dick and Harry wanted to get in
on the action and unfortunately many did.  There are countless stories of many of agents that ruined deals, artificially drove up prices and were engaging in fraudulent practices with mortgage brokers  and appraisers, all for an extra buck.   Now unfortunately, consumers are having a hard time trusting Cape Coral real estate agents or brokers.  Now that the market crashed, we are left with the real professionals wanting to provide consumers with exceptional service, and honest business practices.

Here are some guidelines to help you pick the agent that is right for

Make sure you interview with the potential agent.

You need to make sure your personalities click; you will be spending a lot of time with this person.  They need to fully understand your wants and need and most importantly your budget.  Are they willing to show you properties that are not listed by their Cape Coral
brokerage? Do they seem to be honest? Are they interested in developing a long term business relationship with you? Many people buy and sell multiple times in their lives, building a strong trustworthy relationship with your customers can only benefit their business.

Do some research.

You can find out so much about a person by simply imputing their name into Google and hitting search.  Visit their website; make sure they have experience in the type of property you are looking to buy. What have they sold? What type of property seems to be their specialty?
 Most importantly, ask for references and make sure to call.

Ask your friends and family.

Most likely someone you know or are related to have bought or sold a Cape Coral property recently, and can share some useful tips and valuable information with you. Would they recommend their agents to you?  If they answered yes, what traits made that particular agent so special?  What kind of overall experience did they have?  

These a just a few tips to help you weed through the mountain of agents a find the best fit for your needs.  Put your trust and confidence in this person, they will be responsible for the largest transaction of your life and because of that pick carefully.

Call our team of highly qualified professional to answer any of your real estate related questions.  Florida Future Realty is here to help.

Yours in Success,

The Florida Future Realty Team



Online foreclosure auctions hit Lee county

 Lee County became the 14th county in Florida to begin foreclosure auctions online.  It was put in place to cut the county’s cost associated in traditional court house auctions. They have
eliminated the need for extra manpower freeing up much needed county funds.

With so many foreclosures in the Cape Coral and Fort Myers area this method just makes sense.  By holding the online auctions they are able to reach more potential buyers and investors hopefully resulting in a greater sales price and maximum exposure for each property.  The website is user-friendly and lists all pertinent information regarding
each property.  Times, and dates of upcoming auctions are featured on an interactive calendar.  When you have selected a property all information including case details, are easily accessible. 

A proxy bidding system is set in place.  Proxy bidding is much like EBay in the fact that you set the maximum amount you are willing to pay and the computer automatically increase you bid at $100.00 increments each time your current bid has been surpassed.

This online auction was created by the Realauctions.com a Fort-Lauderdale based company.Realauctions.com is privately owed company that specializes in the advertising and sale of delinquent tax certificates for County and municipal governments.

To sign up for this service visit:


It is easy and free to sign up.  They have made available a tutorial that will help you understand the process and easily navigate through their site.

If you would like more information please follow the link above.

If we can help you any way please doesn’t hesitate to call. While visiting our site please feel free to use our MLS search engine.

Yours in Success,

The Florida Future Realty Team



What can I buy for 1,000,000

As a full time resident in Cape Coral, Florida I am asked often what is available in Cape Coral and Fort Myers for sale. After searching online many come up confused as to what you can actually purchase and for what price. In this series I will explore homes in all price
categories to give out of area buyers a better idea of the area.

Today we will be visiting homes that can be purchased right around $1,000,000. There are several great options from single family estate homes, to beach houses to oceanfront condos!

So what does 1,000,000 buy in the Cape Coral, Florida and Fort Myers, Florida 2010 real estate market?

Here are a few of my favorite options:

Below you will find many more options for spending $1,000,000 on Southwest Florida real estate.

So, what do you think? Ready to make the investment?

Call Susan Milner at (239) 218-2229 for more information on these, or any other listings in and around Cape Coral & Fort Myers, Florida.

Susan is the broker in charge & owner of Florida Future Realty, Inc.. Florida Future Realty, Inc. is an independent real estate brokerage centrally located in Cape Coral, Florida.

Yours in Success,

The Florida Future Realty, Inc



Homes still selling in Cape Coral?

Are we still selling homes in Cape Coral? The answer is yes, and in record numbers.  We have been getting so much negative national media attention, that our ideas are clouded with misinformation.

The National Association of Realtors published their polls and it shows that in 2009 with the assistance of realtors, 16,260 homes were sold.  In 2005 when the housing boom began, the record was 12,123

However one significant change is the declining home prices. In 2005 the median home price was 278,200, now in 2009 we were at 90,400. This decline is due to the record number of short sales and foreclosures now flooding the real estate listings.  Sellers are now coming to their senses and listing their homes more realistically, their homes are worth significantly less from what they were selling for 5 years ago.

The fact of the matter is that homes are STILL selling.  We may have to navigate through a few detours, from bank negotiations to new lending laws, but properties are moving.

Buyers also need to understand that there are great deals to be had, but when a property is under market value as many of them are, they may sell very quickly and most likely there will be multiple offers.

So when searching for real estate in Cape Coral, we suggest you secure your financing and act quickly when you find the right home at just the right price.  Call one of our agents at Florida Future Realty to assist you with your home buying experience.

Yours in Success,

Florida Future Realty Team