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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8850 Spring Mountain Way, Fort Myers , Florida

8850 Spring Mountain Way Fort Myers, Fl 33908

WOW! One of the lowest priced homes in Laguna Lakes. This in not a SHORT SALE or FORECLOSURE. The owners have spared no expense. Solid surface counter tops, stainless steel appliances,upgraded cabinets,beautiful fixtures,newer carpet, new paint, the list goes on. This lovely home has a spacious floor plan complete with a lake view. Have your toes in the sand in no time; close to Sanibel, Captiva and Fort Myers Beach. Don’t forget about the great amenities Laguna Lakes has to offer. Recreation center with indoor racquet ball court, fitness center, and a meeting room. No need to fight the beach traffic; Laguna Lakes also has it own resort like area, enjoy the tropical landscaped beach complete with a fishing pier, tennis court,volleyball court,swimming pool, spa, and children’s play area. Call your agent now for a tour of this amazing home.

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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.


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SW Florida Real Estate Agents

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Licensed real estate agents with Florida Future Realty, Inc. in Cape Coral, Florida

Cape Coral real estate agentPeggy Milner

Susan Milner RealtorSusan Milner

Sarah Rothenberg Realtor

Sarah Rothenberg

Kari-Anne Spiller (photo & bio coming soon!)


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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


Homestead Exemption Laws

 Over 1,000 people move to Florida every day according to   Not only are families relocating from other states but they are also moving from other countries.  Is this because of
the beautiful sand beaches, warm sunny weather, or miles of green golf courses?  It may just be because of the generous tax laws offered to Florida residents.

The law states that Florida residents are eligible for a 25,000 exemption on the assessed value of their home.  Those with an assessed value of more than 50,000 are eligible for an additional 25,000 exemption, depending on the value of their property. The exemption can
only be applied to non-school taxes, and the property must be worth at minimum 75,000 to be eligible for the entire exemption amount.

In order to qualify you must be a Florida resident having title to real property and making it your permanent residence by Jan 1st.  The deadline to apply is March 1st.

In addition to the homestead exemption we have the Save our homes amendment which protects homeowners by limiting the tax assessment to a maximum of 3% each year.

You may also qualify for one or all of these exemptions listed below.

  • Widow/Widower’s Exemption $500.00
  • Disability Exemption $500.00
  • Veterans Disability Exemption $5,000.00
  • Blind persons Exemption $500.00

If you are a foreign buyer there is something to be aware of and that is the FIRPTA withholding Rule.  This stands for investment inreal property tax act of 1980. FIRPTA authorized the IRS to withhold income tax on nonresident aliens and foreign corporations with sales of US real property. When a person or corporation purchases a US real
property from nonresident aliens or foreign corporations, they are required to withhold 10% of the amount. This tax is intended to ensure that the US is able to tax the gains from the sale of property.

Whether you are buying a new home or vacation home, moving from another state or another country or just planning to purchase an investment property,your taxes will always be based on the assessed market value of your property.  You will never be penalized and made to pay higher taxes simply because you are native to another place. The Homestead Exemption and Save our homes amendment are offered to full
time Florida residents.

There are exceptions to all tax information listed above we recommend visiting these sites for more detailed information.

General Info


Once you have made the decision to relocate to this beautiful
city of Cape Coral, contact our Florida Future Realty Team we are here
to assist you.

Yours in Success,

The Florida Future Realty Team


Updated 1-12-2011

Cape Coral Real Estate for Sale

Our Listings

Florida Future Realty, Inc. has real estate listings around Lee County. Our main focus is on Cape Coral real estate & Ft. Myers homes.

If you would like to set up your own search ~ Cape Coral Real Estate Home Search. Our licensed real estate agents are able to provide you with additional information and/or show you all of the real estate currently listed on the market.

We look forward to hearing from you!



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Cape Coral, FL 33904

(239) 542-8521


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