Belle villa a vendre a Cape Coral, Floride

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Je viens de tomber sur une saisie bancaire (appellee ‘foreclosure’ ici) de plus de 280m2. Le prix demande par la banque est de 225.000 Euros. Comme souvent, j’ai fait une petite video pour vous donner une idee de ce que peut acheter 225.000 Euros ici en Floride.


Les saisies bancaires ne sont pas rare ces dernieres annees, mais les grosses proprietes sont rares a trouver. C’est une ooportunite unique souvent. Ce genre de maison sont a vendre pour le double, non pas que c’est cher ou pas, c’est souvent beaucoup d’argent et limite le nombre d’acheteurs potentiels.


De plus, et fait assez rare, la condition de cette villa est tres bonne. Souvent, les proprietaires qui recoivent leur notes d’eviction, vendent les electro-menagers, les portes et fenetres, toilettes et baignoire, et font souvent des degats par fustration.



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Régate de bateaux en carton a Cape Coral

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Cette année encore a eu lieu la fameuse course de bateaux en carton a Cape Coral. Cette régate a lieu chaque année depuis 19 ans maintenant et depuis 4 ans dans le parc des Quatres Libertés (Four Freedoms Park). Il y a quelques mois, la ville de Cape Coral a placé du sable dans ce parc de telle maniere a faire une plage. Donc, cette fois-ci, il y avait une évidente atmosphere de détente de vacances dans l’air.

Plus de 40 bateaux en carton ont participés a cette régate et a peu pres 2.000 personnes ont assistés a l’evenement. Des stands servant de la nourriture et boissons étaient placés un peu en arriere. Comme chaque fois, j’ai pu prendre quelques photos et vidéos. J’en ai placé une ci-dessous pour vous donner une idée des lieux et de l’ambiance.

Il faut savoir que pour assister a cette régate en tant que spectateur, l’entree est gratuite ainsi que le parking. Par contre, si vous désirez construire votre propre yacht en carton et participer a la course, un droit de participation est obligatoire et coute seulement $15. Mais les souvenirs acquis sont sans prix :-)

Le seul dommage cette année fut le temps. Les années précédentes, le soleil a pratiquement toujours été au rendez-vous. Cette fois-ci, meme si l’évenement est passé entre les gouttes, le ciel était fort chargé et gris. Mais la température de 24 degrés celsius nous faisait passer une journée malgré tout agréable.

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Cape Coral Cardboard Boat Regatta

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For the last 19 years, individuals and organizations have participated building floating ships using cardboard and glue, and let’s say it, lots of work. The Cape Coral cardboard Boat regatta is a cape coral thing. Last year, about 40 vessels competed in the regatta. This year, there were more than 40 and about 2,000 people had a blast watching those hippies in their floating 70′s van or the “pirates of the Cape”.

While it all began Cape Coral yacht club in 1994, the event attracted more and more people. It’s been at the four freedoms park for 4 years now, and this year, had a vacation atmosphere since the sand was put there to make a beach, even if the weather was not so cooperative, no rain during the event but cloudy day.

This year, the event began the Friday before the race. People could enjoy live music and food, and also meet the cardboard boat builders who will participate at the regatta. Like other years, I was there to watch. You know, I’m not a sailor but I could get a couple of videos.

For those who want to participate, there is a website about this event at www.capecoralregatta.com


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Property price and inventory in Cape Coral, Florida

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There were about 9,895 properties for sale in Cape Coral at the end of March 2012. And $225,000 was the median asking price of these homes. But what’s important to know is the decrease of the inventory. There are 20.2% less properties available for sale than a year ago while the median price increased by a whopping 8.2%.

March 2012 Month/Month Year/Year
Median Asking Price $225,000 +2.3% +8.2%
Home Listings/Inventory 9,895 -3.4% -20.2%

The median asking price for homes in Cape Coral peaked in April 2006 at $406,348 and is now $181,423 (44.6%) lower. From a low of $172,500 in October 2010, the median asking price in Cape Coral has increased by $52,425 (30.4%).

25th, Median (50th) and 75th Percentile Asking Prices for Cape Coral Florida

Cape Coral Housing Inventory History

Housing inventory in Cape Coral, which is typically highest in the spring/summer and lowest in the fall/winter, peaked at 22,335 in February 2008. The lowest housing inventory level seen was 9,790 in September 2011.

Housing Inventory for Cape Coral Florida

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Buyer’s market or seller’s market in Cape Coral Real estate

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The number of foreclosure has hit the its lowest level. Today, when I checked those bank owned properties for Cape Coral, there were only 214 units. For your information, there were 1085 in December 2010. And that’s most likely why we see more interest in the non distressed market, often with multiple offers.

All is all, there are 1774 properties for sale in Cape Coral and we have experienced 451 sales in the last 30 days. That’s mean we have about 3 months inventory out there, making it a seller’s market now. And if you add the fact that multiple offers occur more often now, buyers have a harder time to have their dream home under contract. That is exactly what my french speaking buyers from France experienced. They use to make a search online for ” maisons a vendre a Cape Coral “, find me there, give me a call to begin the search and get very frustrated after looking around for a few weeks, seeing nothing good is available anymore.

Cape Coral luxury foreclosure

Cape Coral luxury foreclosure

The thing is, today, if you plan to buy a property here, be prepared. Get your financing handy, bank letter, pre-approval. And once you see a property you like, make that offers good enough to have the seller put his signature on your contract. Unfortunately, if you don’t act quickly, chances are the property will be pending before you realize it. Prices are still the lowest in the nation here, especially if you compare the amenities that Cape Coral is offering with cities in the middle of Tennessee for example. Not only the weather is more attractive, let’s face it, but also the proximity of the water, with the gulf of Mexico and the beaches.

So, in my opinion, 2012 shows the switch from a buyer’s market where sellers were waiting for a single offer to show how low was the price offered to a seller’s market where the buyers are competing so ferociously to have a chance to buy that property at often a price above the asking price.

If you are entering the market for selling or buying a property in the Cape, give me a call or send me an email. There is still time to find your dream house at an excellent price, but don’t delay.

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Farmer market in Cape Coral

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I use to go to the farmer market in Cape Coral every Saturday. I enjoy the ambiance and the attractive prices of the fruits and vegetables there. But it’s not only about fruits and vegetables. You can shop for seafood, fruit trees, native plants, fresh bakery products and more. Today, I was also impressed by those 4 gentlemen who sing without instrument. Great songs.
This market takes place only in winter though, unfortunately. I guess summer is too hot and too humid for the vendors to stay.
So don’t forget to bring some cash because you could get tremendous deals there. And check their facebook page I found online by googleling it. :-)
I shoot a small video for you to see how it goes here:




And here is a map where you can locate the event.



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Photos ou videos de proprietes a vendre a Cape Coral?

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He bien, ca y est, j’ai passé le pas. Je laisse les photos des propriétés que j’ai a la vente a Cape Coral derriere moi pour les remplacer par des vidéos. Il y a plusieurs avantages a utiliser les vidéos. D’abord, ca prend beaucoup moins de temps a faire des vidéos que des photos, non pas au moment de les prendre mais au moment des les couper a la bonne dimension, de les retravailler, puis de les télécharger une a une. la video, elle, se prend une fois puis se telecharge. De plus, on voit nettement mieux les dimensions des maisons filmées par rapport aux photos. Ca donne une meilleur idée de l’endroit.
Bien sur, je ne suis pas cinéaste. Donc, la qualité se fait resentir mais le point est de montrer comment est la maison, et mes petites vidéos font juste ca, donc je n’ai pas a me plaindre.
Voici ma premiere video réalisée avec un petit appareil photo digital. C’est le GE A1235 avec 12.2 megapixels que j’ai acheté pour $69.99. Donc, l’investissement n’est pas énorme et l’effet est suffisant.

La présentation des lieux est claire, le son est bon et la luminosité est adéquate. Et c’est beaucoup plus facile a insérer une vidéo sur un website que plusieurs photos. Donc, a partir de maintenant, regarder bien les changements. la video arrive sur votre site préféré: www.1capecoral.com :-)

Voici une image de ce petit appareil photo digital pas cher mais bien utile, que je peux avoir facilement en poche a tout moment.

GE A1235 digital camera

GE A1235 digital camera



Vous pouvez regarder sur Ebay pour pouvoir acheter cette camera a un prix derisoire d’occasion

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Orchid Boulevard area Real Estate in Cape Coral

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I went for a walk in the Orchid Boulevard neighborhood today. It a pretty big area with about 270+ homes. I wanted to see the neighborhood myself since I sold a home there few months back. Well,  let me tell you that people there are extremely friendly. I was passing by and I shake a few hands from people enjoying their front patio or doing their lawn. They seems to help each others for little yard work or the check on each other properties.

Homes are a lot different there, from older ranch style properties sit on dry lot to huge Tuscan style mansion overlooking the beautiful Caloosahatchee river that sell for around $750,000. Also, and quiet rare these days, a couple of new homes being built there.

I had the chance to come across a burrowing owl‘s nest in a front yard where the owl was standing proudly. Look at the shot I could take. They are beautiful and I’m happy I could be so close. She’s a beauty but difficult to see at first because of the colors matching the ground’s color in order to be as discreet as possible and unfortunately because my little camera I have at all time with me is not the best quality. But still a nice photo.

Cape Coral owl

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Cape Coral: second best place to retire

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I read an article published by cnnmoney about the 10 best places to retire. Cape Coral was voted #2!. So that’s good news after all the effort put into making Cape Coral a better place to live.

The single most effective move in making your retirement stash go further is, well, a move. “There’s nothing more powerful than relocating from a high-cost-of-living area to a low-cost one,” says Baltimore financial planner Tim Maurer.

If “low cost of living” conjures up visions of some bleak backwater, think again. MONEY combed its Best Places to Live database to find affordable cities and towns that offer lots to do, both inside and out. Places that are safe, with violent-crime rates below the national average. Where there’s good medical care close at hand. And where at least 30% of the population is over the age of 50, so you’ll have no shortage of golf or bridge partners.

The ten places you’ll read about in the story that follows offer all that — plus they’re exceptionally kind to your wallet. Their cost-of-living indexes range from 87 to 97, meaning that as little as 87 cents buys residents what a dollar would buy the average American. Homes are affordable, with median prices below the $173,100 national median (some well below). And tax rates are reasonable, with either no state income tax or significant exemptions for retirees. Could Cape Coral be your new home?

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Future convention center in Cape Coral

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If it is up to a small group of citizens, a convention center in Cape Coral could become a reality in the not so distant future.

I read an article online the other day and it was said that Councilman Chris Chulakes-Leetz spoke of working with a group of citizens to present a proposal to construct a convention center in Cape Coral. Last week the group unveiled its plan to a group of citizens and business leaders at City Hall.

The brainchild of Cape Coral resident, Martin Brady, the group announced the idea of the Cape Coral housing a 16,000 to 18,000 convention center and entertainment complex in the city, “Anything you can do outdoors and anything that can be done outdoors can be done at the complex we are imagining,” said Chulakes-Leetz.

The group says the area of land in North Cape Coral known as Academic Village would be the perfect spot for such a venue. Academic Village is located on 170 acres of city owned property at the corner of Del Prado Boulevard and Kismet Parkway. The area was in the spotlight in 2010 as the proposed location for the failed Swim Center.

Brady, a retired firefighter from Philadelphia, moved to Cape Coral in 2005 and began working for the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. During this time he realized the city was missing something in his opinion, “As I drove around I realized this city has a lot of parks. Everything here was planned around children and young adults. There was nothing for adults.”

It wasn’t until Brady and a few friends attended a boat show at the Harborside Convention Center in Fort Myers that he realized what Cape Coral truly needed, “We went to the boat show and had to park a mile and a half away from the venue and had to be shuttled in, making numerous stops on the way. Another thing I noticed was they basically closed all the streets in downtown Fort Myers for the show and upsetting many local business owners doing so. I thought North Cape Coral has a vast amount of land and would be a perfect location to host these types of events and conventions.”

During this same time, the city began discussions with a private company regarding the idea of building a Swim Center in North Cape Coral. Brady said he decided to wait and see what happened with the swim center before moving ahead with presenting his idea of a convention center. Once the swim center was defeated, Brady began putting together his plan for the convention center.

Brady says he has spent the last 1.5 years working on the plan and feels the convention center would be a major economic boom to the city, “Do you know how many industries and companies have events and conventions throughout the year? The American Medical Association, the Boy Scouts, big trucking companies, any type of industry that is out there, anybody that sells anything, where do they go? They go to conventions.”

Brady also stated that when people attend conventions, it is not just the conventions they attend, but many of the surrounding businesses as well. Brady says because of this it would cause the need for such businesses as hotels, restaurants and other service oriented businesses.

Something Cape Coral resident Mike Kumbier, who has worked the last 27 years in the RV industry as a manufacturer’s representative completely agrees with, “A convention center like this would add a lot to the Cape. It would bring industry back into the Cape and put people to work. Really, that is what we need to see happen.”

According to a recent study conducted by the Convention Industry Council, the meetings industry was responsible for $263 billion in spending in 2009. The study also related 1.7 million jobs in the United States to the meetings industry.

Brady along with Chulakes-Leetz says the center will not only house conventions and other events, but it could also serve as an emergency evacuation center during times of disaster. Brady says school gyms are not made for housing people after a storm and the convention center could store ready to eat meals, have a 3,000 gallon water tanker available, air conditioning, first aid, cots, and everything else needed for creating a well equipped evacuation center. Brady also says by creating the evacuation center grants from state and federal government agencies could help offset the cost of construction on the convention center.

The city currently owns the land the proposed convention center would be built. Chulakes-Leetz says in order to finance the construction of the center it would have to be financed by bonds and hopefully federal and state funding, “This would be the citizens investing in their own city.”

Chulakes-Leetz said the city would retain ownership of both the center and the land and would outsource the running of the center to private companies. The revenue generated from events, souvenir and food sales would go back to paying the bonds off and once those are paid money generated from the center would become a revenue stream for the city.

In order to make the convention center a reality, Chulakes-Leetz says it would have to be something the citizens of Cape Coral actually want. Chulakes-Leetz said he would like to see a referendum on the initiative before 2013. The councilman says he has been in touch with the Lee County Elections office and said it would be possible to do a mail referendum to get a vote on the initiative.

Those in attendance seemed cautiously optimistic about the reality of Cape Coral getting its own convention center, “I think it is a great start. I would love to see something like a convention center come to the city of Cape Coral. Who wouldn’t? There is a long road to go, though,” said Cape Coral Construction Industry Association Executive Director Heather Mazurkiewicz.

Brady says the next steps will be to put together the framework and further define the overall vision of the project, “This is the shot in the arm this city needs. This will make Cape Coral a destination for thousands each year.”

The group says it plans to meet again at the end of October and the meeting will be open to the general public.

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