Go green in Cape Coral: $0 energy bill house!

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I read a great news about a new concept of homes to be build in the Cape. It’s actually a home with $0 energy bill, and that’s attractive. Go green and keep it!

Many American have jumped on the “Go Green” idea inside the past couple of years. One Cape Coral builder says that although green is great, zero is far better.

Ravenwood Homes lately launched their series of Net Zero and High Performance Homes. The houses are aiming to either cut property energy costs by over 50% or cut them out fully.

Energy efficiency has been built into higher end houses for awhile, but Ravenwood Houses say they desire to offer those exact same power efficiencies towards the average buyer of 1,500 square foot houses too as the million dollar houses.

Ravenwood Homes partner Reed Schweizer says the company has been working on the idea for the past two years. Schweizer says like numerous neighborhood builders they had been working predominately remodeling jobs throughout the slow economy, but felt in order to remain competitive they needed to appear at the future of actual estate. Then 1 day Schweizer says he received a call from Dave Jenkins, “It was during that conversation with Dave we had what you’d call an “a-ha moment”. We had been talking about power efficiency and also the ‘green’ movement that has swept the globe over the past couple of years and thought why not take it to the subsequent level and appear at creating houses with minimal to no energy costs,” said Schweizer.

With energy expenses rising and seeing that chances of declining rates within the future were slim to none, Ravenwood began thinking about the concept of offering houses comparable to other builders with no energy costs, “We must change the way individuals feel when purchasing a house. Property buyers ought to not just take into consideration the expense with the residence construction, but the ongoing expenses soon after they move in,” says Schwiezer.

With that in mind the organization began working with their subcontractors to create houses that were power efficient in methods not noticed in this location just before. Adding solar panels, high efficient air conditioning units, high quality insulation as well as the actual design and structure itself the company feels it now has the ideal power effective houses.

The builder has developed the Net Zero Houses, which come with solar panels equipped and the High Performance Homes which don’t incorporate solar panels, but can be added at a later date for an additional expense.

The other aim of Ravenwood was to make the energy efficient houses and make them cost-effective towards the typical residence buyer. Energy efficiency has been built into higher finish houses for awhile, but Ravenwood Houses say they need to provide those identical energy efficiencies to the typical buyer of 1,500 square foot houses as well as the million dollar homes, “If it’s carried out the right way you wind up having a gorgeous property and no energy bill,” says Ravenwood partner Dave Wishtischin.

Spending two years developing the idea, the business has created six different models ranging from 1,750 square feet under air to two,680 square feet under air. Costs range from $212,400 to $334,529 for their High Performance Residence lines.
The firm says building the same size residence with an average builder will price exactly the same initial expense, but with a High Performance Residence, the typical energy bill will probably be $70 per month, saving the home buyer close to a $150 per month. The Net Zero house will have a $0 electric bill and save the buyer on the same property just over $200 per month. Savings that Schweizer says will give the organization the edge over a lot of other builders in this market place.

Thursday morning, two years of function and preparation came to reality, as the organization held the groundbreaking of its 1st Net Zero Home in south Cape Coral on Gleason Parkway, “We need to have a neighborhood impact and be a leader, it is time to begin building houses once more in Southwest Florida,” stated Schweizer during the groundbreaking ceremony.

Wishtischin says the power efficient homes will appeal not merely to nearby property buyers, but the European market place also, “Europeans have been utilizing power efficient construction practices for the last 20 years. They’ve come to anticipate it and we really feel this can be a specific draw to that marketplace.

When asked why prospective residence buyers really should seriously give Ravenwood’s new line of houses a critical look, Wishtischin provides up his advice, “You don’t wish to be the person who just signed a contract to build a residence utilizing obsolete construction methods.”

The company hopes to have the new home total by the finish of the year and says it really is already has interest from buyers in creating other people.

If you are interested to purchase a $0 energy bill green house in Cape Coral, feel free to contact me through my Go Green Properties in Cape Coral website.

*photo courtesy of Paige Wilson

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New Night Club in Cape Coral

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An additional hot spot will soon occupy the South Cape Entertainment district when the Dixie Roadhouse opens its doors in late August.

Because the closing of the Hired Hand Saloon far more than 13 years ago, numerous have anxiously awaited for the county scene to come back to Cape Coral.

Opening its doors on August 26, the Dixie Roadhouse will probably be a 10,000 square foot country and western nightclub located inside the heart of the city’s entertainment district. Coincidentally occupying exactly the same address as the Hired Hand Saloon as soon as did, the club can hold as much as 900 folks and promises to be new and distinctive option at the same time as a reason to get up off the couch and hit Cape Coral’s budding nightlife scene, “This will likely be one thing different than other clubs and restaurants. This is an actual nightclub,” says Dixie Roadhouse co-owner Lynn Pippinger.

The nightclub will probably be open its doors Wednesday via Saturday beginning at 5pm.

Looking to attract all ages, the club will offer line dance lessons nightly beginning at 7pm. At 10pm, music to pack the dance floors will start and play via the rest of the night, “The earlier entertainment and line dancing lessons will attract the older crowd. Once 10pm hits, the music shifts mixing country with classic rock, dance, retro and Best 40. That is when the younger crowd will come in and hit the dance floor,” says club co-owner David Townsend.

Whilst this may be the first club Townsend has opened in Cape Coral, he can be a veteran with the night club scene, having owned approximately a dozen clubs nationwide. He and Lynn also currently own Saddle Up in Chicago.
Cape Coral Nightclub
Townsend and Pippenger said they researched close to 200 properties across the nation when they decided to open up yet another club. Following narrowing their choices down to 25 properties, the duo hit the road and began visiting various places and buildings. When they drove into Southwest Florida, they knew they were on to one thing, “We came here and saw a marketplace with over 700,000 individuals, 3 country stations and no country nightclub,” mentioned Townsend.

The developing that Townsend and Pippinger had their eye on was the developing situated on SE 47th Terrace and SE 11th Place. The building was once the property of the Hired Hand Saloon and later the Bamboo Club, “We have really been seeking at the creating for the last year plus a half. It was built for a country and western nightclub. It had the bars in the precise locations we would have put them. Every thing was pretty significantly here. It’s far less costly to remodel than to construct. It was a ideal fit,” says Townsend.

Even though the creating may have as soon as been a country night club, do not anticipate the familiar appear that when was. The club is currently undergoing major renovations that consist of expanding the two,500 square foot dance floor, adding an additional bar, producing 3 bars total, two enormous fans over the dance floor and a new lighting system, at the same time as much much more.

Together with the new look, Townsend says they are also making innovative ways to make certain everybody will have an excellent time at a moderate cost. Drink costs, he says will probably be on par with other clubs and there is going to be methods to make the most of the $5 cover charge to obtain inside the doors. The club will supply poker chips with a $1 value to several of its customers. For example, if you come towards the club among 5pm and 8pm, if you pay the $5 cover charge, you are going to obtain five $1 poker chips to utilize toward drinks in the club during your go to. An additional way is if you want to reserve a table for the night, you pay the $100 fee for reservation and you are going to obtain 100 $1 poker chips to utilize toward drinks.

The club will also begin highlighting drink specials and hope to attract national music acts for particular events.

Townsend also says he considers the August opening phase one. He hopes to launch phase two within the next couple of months that can, l if all goes in accordance with program, a brand new deck on the back with the club, a patio on the front and utilize the roof best location with the constructing for patrons. He also hopes to hold a “Battle of the Bands” for local bands using the grand prize getting the chance to attend and play live in the Country Music Awards held later this year.

The club opening has also positively impacted the job marketplace, as it plans to hire roughly 60 local residents to function at the club with positions ranging from security, to bar staff, to advertising and marketing and much more.

Excitement for the club opening has raced across the city with the club’s Facebook page already garnering over 1,500 fans, “People are so excited we’re coming. We can’t wait to jump in and open the doors. It’s going to be exciting,” says Pippenger.

The club will open its doors August 26 and then have their grand opening September 25. To discover far more information concerning employment in the club you can pay a visit to their Facebook page where they also have VIP passes available for download.

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Expensive rents in Lee County

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I read an article in the newspaper regarding the number about renting Vs Buying in Lee County. And it makes totally sense. These days, lots of people just can’t get a loan and have to rent. The high demand for rentals make prices going up, while, for the same reason, buying a home in Lee County, including Cape Coral, is affordable. Of course, if you still need to find a place to rent in Cape Coral, Fort Myers or Lehigh acres, feel free to visit my Cape Coral rental site and contact me from there

Fort Myers-Cape Coral is amongst the most affordable locations within the place to purchase a residence, but rents are far above regular.

A report unveiled with the Washington-based Center for Housing Coverage stated the median house cost right here is now $95,000 (the same as 2010), generating the area tied with Scranton, Pa., for 186th outside of 211 metro regions.

The median monthly lease for a two-bedroom apartment, nonetheless, was $996 – 56th greatest about the list – even though down from $1,029 previous year.

Solidly atop equally lists was super-expensive San Francisco, No. 1 with a median rent of $1,833 plus a median property price tag of $550,000.

Most inexpensive lease was Springfield, Mo., at $594 and Lima, Ohio, had the most cost effective houses at $63,000.

Driving the high rents in Lee County is a ongoing influx of foreclosure refugees staying kicked from their properties, said Susan Lutter, broker for Fort Myers-based Gulf Waters Rentals and Management.

“We still have renters declaring, ‘Hey, I have to become out by Wednesday’,” she said.
Houses are low-cost and there’s a strong industry from traders, but when it comes to potential buyers of the residence to reside in, it could be difficult to close the deal regardless of the lower rates, Lutter said.

It is especially difficult to borrow cash for any condominium, she explained.

“Trying to get into nearly anything with a condominium association you fairly significantly should shell out hard cash because the financial institution will not lend the cash and numerous models must be operator occupied,” Lutter stated.

Nationwide, the center’s report, unveiled Friday, located that although employment is picking up, a lot of workers even now can not manage to buy a residence.

The report said “while some task is evidently much better than no career, a lot of the newly produced employment just don’t shell out adequate to permit employees to make ends meet.”

That is specially accurate in the pricier metropolitan areas, the report states: “In far more expensive metro regions, even accountants make too minor to find the money for fair market,” even which has a standard wage array of $44,000 to $63,000.

Lutter stated she does not see a lot of first-time homebuyers right here recently.

“I’ve handled a single (couple) and they are in their 50s,” she explained. “They’ve lived here for many years and they’ve often rented and so they ultimately made the decision it is time.”

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What home buyers want in a Real Estate Agent.

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I read an write-up I got in my inbox this morning. It really is an fascinating thought about what buyers are searching for in a Cape Coral Real Estate agent. Here are the 5 points they were asking to explain.

1. Honesty and Credibility

Win them over using the truth!
When these buyers talked about honesty and credibility, it frequently came with anecdotes about recent bad experiences with realtors. The stories were about agents attempting to push them towards a far more costly purchase and a powerful dislike for the false sense of urgency they feel agents develop in relation to placing an supply on a residence. Buyers have expressed how difficult it’s to trust everyone in today’s actual estate market so it is much more important for agents to help them feel comfortable.

2. Region Familiarity

Do your neighborhood homework!
These buyers location a high importance on locating an agent who not just sells houses in a certain neighborhood, but also knows that neighborhood well. They want an agent who knows all about the schools, local parks, safety, restaurants and even the secret gems the neighborhood has to supply.

3. Great Follow By way of

You say it, you do it.
Throughout the conversation our buyers continuously verbalized their stress with brokers who didn’t do what they said. E-mail me, call me and send me the points you say you will. It seems like such a little factor to ask for. Do what you say, combine it with some honesty, and you’ll be an agent buyers feel comfy working with.

4. Organization

Maintain it in order.
You are honest, you know the area like the back of your hand, and you attempt your hardest to follow by way of but it is just so hard to help keep track of your to-do lists and return each and every telephone call. Buyers are expecting agents to be organized and put together. You’ll find a ton of tools available to help with this. (We adore Evernote!)

5. Good Listener

Everybody is distinctive. Treat them like it!
Users want an agent to listen to them having a blank mind. I heard phrases such as “pigeon hole”, “judge”, “they aren’t listening”, “tell me what I want”…etc. come up in our discussion. Users don’t want an agent to assume they will need A just since they hear B. They want an agent who listens to what they want and will ask as a lot of questions as necessary to truly understand who they’re and what they’re seeking.

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