Cape Coral Trick or Treating

Halloween in Cape CoralCape Coral Trick or Treating

October 31, 2012
Well tonight’s the night! Happy Halloween!

In Cape Coral we have trick or treating starting just before dark on Halloween night. We see everyone cleared out by 8:00-8:30pm usually.

Where are good places to trick or treat in Cape Coral on Halloween? Well, first and foremost probably your own neighborhood. While some Cape Coral neighborhoods are sparse with home and kids others are jammed packed.

Some years our area is busy and other years it is dead. When it is dead we usually drive over to a more ‘kid-friendly’ neighborhood. The ones that come to mind are near baseball, soccer and football fields. Also, if you have friends in gated communities like Sandoval or Heatherwood Lakes you might see if you can take your kids trick or treating over there. Remember that gated communities are for residents and guests and most will not allow car traffic and some will not allow pedestrian traffic without a pass.

There are also many local businesses and malls that hold trick or treating. Often times local schools, churches, malls, etc have events the weekend before or days heading up to Halloween so be sure to check for local listings.

This year (2012) I found the following for October 31, 2012 happenings:

Haunted Houses/Walks:

Mike Greenwell’s (By the way they had their safe trick or treating on the 30th), 35 N.E. Pine Island Road. For more information, call 574-4386.

Individual Houses (Haunted House):
Terror on 20th, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 2812 SW 20th Ave Cape Coral, FL 33914. For more info visit

First United Methodist Church, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. 4118 Coronado Pkwy Cape Coral, FL 33904 (Trunk or Treat)

There are also many more events going on around Lee & Collier Counties as well including Ft Myers & Estero.

If you know of any great places to go trick or treating in Cape Coral please leave the information in the comments section for others!

Remember, have fun but be safe out there Cape Coral residents!


(please confirm all dates/times/locations prior to heading out) ~ Thanks! Florida Future Realty, Inc. (239) 542-8521

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.


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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 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!


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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

Pine Island Florida

Tourist season is about to begin again this year, soon the streets will be buzzing with out-of- towners looking for places to go and different activities to occupy their time.  Many visitors are not aware of the relatively untouched beauty less than a 20 minute car ride
from Cape Coral; Pine Island.  Pine Island is the largest island on the west coast of Florida and measures 17 mile long and 2 miles wide.  Pine Island consists of 5 communities Matlacha, Pine Island Center, Bokeelia, Pineland, and St. James City.  Each of the 5
communities unique and distinct from the other.  The island is truly unspoiled; it boasts abundant wildlife and untouched nature.  Current legislation prohibits high density, high-rise development, preserving its current state for generations to come.

Pine Island has a charm that is indescribable; it is reminiscent of a century old fishing village complete with quaint cottages and small hotels.   Some visitors describe Pine Island as reminiscent of Mayberry.  In addition to outdoor activities like camping exploring, canoeing, and fishing.  There are many things to see indoors as well. Pine Island is known for their many upcoming artists that showcase their creations in the galleries lining the waterfront, as
well as the large number of eateries that specialize in fresh seafood dishes provided from the mornings catch.  Pine Island is a full of rich history and beautiful scenery, just waiting to be discovered.

If we can help you with your buying and selling needs, please don’t hesitate to call we look forward to hearing from you,

Yours in Success,

The Florida Future Realty Team


Cape Coral summer activities

Children all over Lee County are anxiously awaiting the final bell to ring marking the start of the summer vacation. We are so lucky in Cape Coral to have so many great things for the kids to get involved in all summer long. From water parks to camps, we have it all.

Cape Coral’s parks and recreation is one of the largest organizers of events in this area. They offer camps for all ages and interests. They offer a safe, fun, and educational way for our children to spend their days. The Camps will begin the week of May 29th and go all summer ending in August. Ages 3-16 are welcomed, with schedules and themes changing weekly.

Sunsplash is also a highly sought after summer spot. Sunsplash has 14 acres of pools and waterslides, and my personal favorite the lazy river. They offer swimming lessons from ages 6months to 15 yrs, with all abilities welcome. The junior lifeguard program is available to ages 10-15; your children can get acquainted with what it takes to become a lifeguard.

Mike Greenwell’s is another local favorite, they offer Mini golf, 4 go-cart tracks, batting cages, an arcade, paint ball and much more. Spend an hour or the day, Mike Greenwell’s will always deliver on fun!

We hope you have a wonderful summer!

Be Prepared For Hurricane Season 2012

Preparing for another Hurricane Season in Cape Coral

Another summer is upon us and that means daily rain showers around 3pm, sunshine and high 80 and low 90 degree weather perfect for the beaches, and hurricane season. It is important that in the very rare case we are approached by a hurricane that you and your family are prepared. We prepared this article in the hopes that it will help you be ready on that one day you need it most.


Have a plan in place for the entire family

  • Plan your evacuation route and share it with the entire family.
  • Have designated places to meet in case of separation during the storm.
  • How will you handle the pets?
  • Grab all important papers (Birth Certificates, SS cards, passports, credit cards, family pictures)
  • Be sure to have a single contact outside of the area for everyone to be able to communicate


Have a Supply Kit

  • Store many gallons of water in the garage in case of emergency
  • Nonperishable food (can foods)
  • Matches-lighters
  • Flashlights
  • Radio
  • Books
  • Source of entertainment (games, cards, magazines, etc)
  • Tool kit
  • First aid kit
  • Batteries
  • Gas cans (full)
  • CASH (atms do not work without power)
  • Couple days worth of clothing
  • Safe box with all personal documents/family pictures/ irreplaceable items
  • Special items


Do not be one of those people in the grocery store 12 hours before the storm hits, fighting with the little old lady for the last loaf of bread or last 2 cans of tuna fish. It seems that any time we have a named storm in the seas people get anxious and buy all the bread and water in site. Have your kit prepared ahead of time. We use those plastic storage bins that seal air tight to store our entire hurricane kit (besides the water and gas). Make sure the water is replaced yearly and the food is up to date. For more tips and up to the minute information visit .


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Investing In Facebook Stock or Real Estate

Investing In Facebook Stock or Real Estate

Think you should invest in FaceBook? Not So Fast!

I am sure you have all heard, FaceBook had its IPO this week bringing one of the most cutting edge companies into the public stock market. $100,000,000,000 was the estimated value of the website which makes it worth more than Disney. Really??? Worth more than Disney? Sounds a bit ridiculous if you ask me, a single website that people will surely get bored of within the next 5 to 10 years and that 100 billion will be 12 million just like the ancient MySpace. I really have no idea if Facebook is a good investment or not but I figured if everyone is going to throw around those 100 billion dollar numbers then we should be actually talking about something of REAL value.

So what should you invest your money in then? I am not an investment advisor or tax accountant so the following is just my educated opinion with some fancy stats and charts to look at. Let’s first look at this chart and see what it tells me:

I see a rise and fall every 10 years or so. Look at 1978, the prices shot up then again in 1988, and 1998 the prices rose steadily for about 6 years and they finally dropped back down to the original starting point in 1998. We have hit below the trend line and are starting the way back up slowly. The spike will probably not come for another couple years but the time to buy is now while we are still on that little blue trend line.

How about this chart showing all the way back to the 1800’s. Take notice what happens every time the spike drops…… It goes back up.

Now I’m no rocket surgeon but I am pretty sure these charts are telling us it is time to BUY REAL ESTATE.


And finally here is proof that we are recovering from the latest economic downturn. Since last year we have had double digit increases in at least 10 different markets.

City /ST– Year over Year Increase

1. Miami, FL 32.75%
2. Fort Myers-Cape Coral, FL 21.00%
3. Punta Gorda, FL 19.33%
4. West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, FL 18.60%
5. Boise City, ID 18.15%
6. Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 17.18%
7. Phoenix-Mesa, AZ 16.90%
8. Daytona Beach, FL 15.91%
9. Naples, FL 15.87%
10. Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV(DC) 15.48%

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Hud Homes In Cape Coral

below are the most recent HUD home available in Cape Coral Florida. The homes range from $60,000 to over $150,000. To bid on one of these homes you must go through a HUD registered broker, inquire within Florida Future Realty Inc, 239-542-8521

Property Case
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Bid Open Date
1817 21st St SW
Cape Coral, FL, 33991
Lee County
1831 NE 15th Pl
Cape Coral, FL, 33909
Lee County
522 NW 21st Ter
Cape Coral, FL, 33993
Lee County
1000 SW 33rd Ter
Cape Coral, FL, 33914
Lee County
3223 SE 4th Ave
Cape Coral, FL, 33904
Lee County
2202 SW 2nd Ter
Cape Coral, FL, 33991
Lee County
1422 SW 16th Ter
Cape Coral, FL, 33991
Lee County
1100 SW Embers Ter
Cape Coral, FL, 33991
Lee County
158 SE 26th St
Cape Coral, FL, 33904
Lee County
-918 N.E. Juanita Pl
-Cape Coral, FL 33904
Lee County

If you are interested in seeing more homes in the Cape Coral Area please visit our custom search page HERE. Right now you can buy homes starting under $50,000 with waterfront and pool homes starting under $150,000. See homes in any price range or search criteria 24 hours a day 7 days a week. For more information contact us at

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Cape Coral Fl 33904






Foreclosure Purchasing Guide for Cape Coral Florida

What is a REO or Foreclosure Property?
A foreclosure is a property that has been repossessed by the bank, lending institution, or investor also known as a REO (Real Estate Owned). Foreclosure by definition is “A legal process in which a lender attempts to recover the balance of a loan from a borrower who has stopped making payment to the lender by forcing the sale of the asset used as the collateral for the loan”. Florida Future Realty in Cape Coral provides home buyers with a REO specialist that is highly trained in the process of negotiating with the lenders to get the best price.

How Do I Get Started?
The first steps in buying a home in Cape Coral are critical to successfully purchasing your next home. Below are a few tips to get started.

Before even considering looking at a home in person you need to contact a qualified lender for a consultation. This will save you time and money!


  • A Pre-Qualification letter will let you know the estimated amount of home you can obtain financing for.
  •  A Pre-Approval letter will allow you to pin point a dollar amount you are qualified for. Also when you submit an offer the seller will see you are a more serious candidate and is less likely to cause financing delays.


  • Finding an agent that is qualified to assist you in your pursuit for a REO property is simple. Pick up the phone and interview potential agents in the Cape Coral area with the following questions.
  1. Are you familiar with distressed property sales and transactions?
  2. Have you successfully closed many REO or short sale transactions?
  3. Do you have any formal training for distressed property sales?
  4. Are you a licensed REALTOR®?

A great place to start is by calling 239-542-8521 or stopping by Florida Future Realty at 2816 Del Prado Blvd s#1 Cape Coral Fl, 33904.



Your real estate agent should be able to assist you in this part of the process. Be as honest and forthcoming as possible so they can narrow down the search for you.

  • Ask the agent to email you properties coming onto the market daily.
  • Search online via the agents website for potential deals
  • Keep an eye out for yard signs and write down the address for your agent

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After viewing all of the potential homes in Cape Coral, you and your agent need to sit down and discuss what you are thinking in terms of price. Your agent should give you comparable properties sold in the past few months to help you gauge what the property is worth and how much you should offer. Be sure and list all the items you see wrong with the property and consider them when deciding on a price. No one can tell you what to offer other than yourself.

Important to have these items ready when you sit down to make the offer:

  • Your pre-qualification letter or proof of funds
  • Check book for an escrow deposit
  • A list of any stipulations you want in the contract.
  • Be prepared to negotiate there may be multiple offers on a home listed below market value.
  • Be patient

Florida Future Realty Inc will be happy to assist you with your real estate needs. We have agents certified in multiple areas of the market ready to help. Call us at 239-542-8521 or email

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Cape Coral home prices trending up in 2012

2012 has been a great year thus far; gaining positive momentum for our once troubled housing market. The once forgotten homes that were lost in the short sale or foreclosure process are now full of life, occupied by new loving owners, looking more beautiful than ever.  The first quarter statistics are very positive for the overall health of our local economy.  What they also show is that we have hit the bottom and have continued trending significantly upward from this time last year.

If you have ever dreamed of owning your piece of paradise, but are in need of a little nudge, here it is. In 2011 the average price for a single family home was $136,317.00, this year that same figure has increased by 22% making the average price $166,249.00.  That is just our local area, increases has been documented on a national level as well.

The Florida Realtors reported that real estate economists and analysts are optimistic that we will see a dramatic recovery in the next two years.  These economists predict that next year home prices will begin to rise by 2% and then get a larger boost of 3.5% by 2014.

These statistics coupled with low interest rates, and less stringent lending policies make now the time to buy that new home or special vacation spot.  If we can help you in any way make your dream possible give a call. We look forward to hearing from you.


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National Open House Weekend April 28th and 29th

Realtor® Nationwide Open House Weekend Brings Buyers and Sellers Together


            Cape Coral Florida 4/5/2012 – With plentiful inventory and record breaking housing affordability conditions, Realtors® expect this year’s spring home buying season to be a busy one. To kick off the season, Realtors® from coast to coast will host thousands of open houses as part of the Realtor® Nationwide Open House Weekend. On April 28 and 29 Realtors® in Cape Coral will hold open houses all weekend long, bringing buyers and sellers together.

            This nationwide event offers buyers the chance to visit some of the many homes in their local area while learning more about homeownership, Open houses are also an opportunity for Realtors® to connect with consumers in their communities about the housing issues that matter most to them. 

            Realtors® from Florida Future Realty will be available at open houses to answer consumer questions about the home buying process and local market conditions. Sign up via the link below for a list of all the Realtor®  or look for the blue Balloons with the big R and stop in between April 28th and 29th. Feel free to call and speak with an agent today at 239-542-8521

            While the housing market continues to recover, it’s showing signs of improvement and for many, homeownership remains an important part of the American Dream. According to research from the National Association of Realtors®, more renters than ever aspire to become homeowners and an overwhelming majority of Americans believe buying a home is a solid financial decision.  

            Homeownership matters to individuals, families, communities and our nation’s economy. The housing market plays a vital role in both the long- and short-term health of this country. Homeownership is not just an investment in your future; it’s an investment in the future of generations to come.”


            Earlier this year NAR reported housing affordability conditions reached the highest level since recordkeeping began in 1970. The housing affordability index is based on the relationship between the median home price, median family income and the average mortgage interest rate. The index reached 206.1 in January, the first time the index broke the two hundred mark. The higher the index, the greater the household purchasing power. This means the typical family has roughly double the income needed to purchase a median-priced home.   

Realtors® believe that anyone who is able and willing to assume the responsibilities of owning a home should have the opportunity to pursue that dream,  Realtors® know what matters most to buyers and sellers in this area and have the expertise and knowledge to help you achieve the dream of homeownership.”

            For more information contact us at 239-542-8521 or click the link below and get your list of open houses to visit.

Florida Future Realty is a member of The National Association of Realtors® , Florida Association of Realtors®, and Realtor®  Association of Greater Fort Myers and the Beaches inc.

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Cape Coral’s 24 hr Real Estate Market Statistics

In the past 24 hrs the Cape Coral real estate market has been very busy. Since yesterday 30 new Cape Coral properties have hit the market ranging from $65,000 to $900,000 giving someone in all price points a new opportunity to take advantage of the rising prices in our local Cape Coral real estate. 40 Cape Coral properties have went “pending” or under contract and 10 more sold since yesterday morning. If you are interested in a more in depth report on the Cape Coral real estate market please email or call us right away! Be sure to bookmark us for future Cape Coral real estate stats.

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Cape Coral real estate statistics

Have you started thinking about your goals for 2012? If buying a home is one of your top ten we have gathered some of our area market statistics from 2011 to help you in making a plan to achieve your dream of home ownership.  If you are on the fence about buying, I am here to tell you that prices are rising.  Last year the average single family home sold for 130,990. This year it has risen to 149,417.  That is more that a 14% increase, and to top it off 97.7% of those homes were sold in 30 days or less.  Still waiting to see if the market has hit bottom?

Thinking of selling? Now more than ever is a great time to spruce up your digs and get it listed.  Our super busy selling season is here.   We are clearing out inventory at a great pace here in Cape Coral FL, don’t miss out on your opportunity; buying or selling we are here to help. Luxury, waterfront, golf course, short sales, and distressed, we want to help you start out your 2012 with the sale or purchase of a home here in SW Florida.  Please don’t hesitate to call we look forward to hearing from you!

Happy Holidays,

The Florida Future Realty Team



Cape Coral; positive housing market predictions

It appears that after a few trouble years for our local real estate market the clouds are parting and the sun is shining brightly over Cape Coral and Fort Myers Florida.  There have been two studies performed by two separate online search giants; and Trulia.   They have suggested through their research we (Cape Coral)  are poised for a real estate rebound. has published a Top Ten Turnaround Report.  It states that there are “6 Florida cities that were considered good bets for an upswing in sales.” This information was gathered through a formula that was created by analyzing recent price appreciation, changes in inventory, median age of inventory, number of searches through there site (, and area unemployment statistics.  In Cape Coral we have experienced an increase in the median home price, smaller amount of inventory, our unemployment rates  have stabilized, and we have seen recently; an influx of foreign buyers to our market. turnaround list (Florida cities only) includes:

  1. Miami
  2. Orlando
  3. Fort Myers-Cape Coral
  5. Fort Lauderdale
  6. Sarasota-Bradenton
  7. Lakeland- Winterhaven

Trulia has published a similar report, Trulia’s Metro Mover Report.

This report was designed to analyze home searching data. They have looked at the number of people that search for homes is a particular city. This study also includes people interested in rental properties. They then compare it to the number of city residents looking for somewhere else to call home.  It’s findings; an area with a high number of searches within the same city and low searched for elsewhere suggests an increase in demand for housing.

Their list is as follows: (Florida cities only)

  1.  North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota
  4. Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach
  5. Cape Coral – Fort Myers
  6. West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach
  10. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford

If you are on the fence about buying, or looking to make a positive real estate investment, Cape Coral is a great place to do just that. If we can help you with your real estate goals, no matter how big or small, give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours in Success,

The Florida Future Realty Team


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HGTV House Hunters in Fort Myers Florida

HGTV did a show right here in Fort Myers, Florida that aired just this week. The episode featuring Ft Myers real estate showcased a Ft Myers real estate agent with buyers searching for a great deal in SW Florida. Apparently, like many other home buyers in SW Florida, this couple arrived with expectations of finding their dream home within a low budget. They realized during their search that they’d need to up their budget further to get the house that more matches with their wish list.

A few years ago I was approached by HGTV to be featured on their House Hunters show. I would have jumped at the opportunity however at that exact moment I wasn’t working with any buyers who were interested in being featured on a national television show.

I love the idea of getting the word out about Cape Coral real estate & the Fort Myers real estate market. We have many buyers looking to invest here and it is helpful for them to be armed with the correct information prior to their arrival to maximize their time here. When I am contacted by a prospective buyer I do my best to determine their wants and needs and give them a clear idea of how that relates to the available real estate inventory in SW Florida. Typically I set the customer up with a custom real estate search that updates several times a day with houses in Cape Coral or Ft Myers that match their criteria. From there I ask them to let me know which ones they like and which ones they are not fond of too. We continue to keep in touch going over options until they are ready to make their visit. Once they arrive in SW Florida we can easily narrow the list down further and spend time viewing only the very best options available for sale.

At the present time many of our buyers are from out of state and out of the country. We love assisting our out of town buyers. Working with myself or one of my agents at Florida Future Realty gives home buyers a great advantage to securing their dream home or investment property in Ft Myers or Cape Coral.

If you have considered owning real estate in SW Florida now may be the perfect time. You can search on our website with no hassles. We won’t contact you unless you ask us to. When you are ready to learn more, schedule a showing or meet with one of our agents then just give us a call or email us.

We look forward to meeting you soon!

It is easy to set up a search ~ just click above under ‘Buy’ and select the search you’d prefer. Or if you’d rather, just give us a call at 239-542-8521 to speak with a licensed Florida real estate agent.