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Fort Myers Tops Charts as Most Affordable & Desirable Place to Live

Long considered a desirable place to live, more and more people are now discovering just how affordable living in Fort Myers can be. The 24/7 Wall St website recently came out with a ranking of “America’s Cheapest Cities Where Everyone Wants to Live Right Now”.

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Cape Coral Sees Economic Growth

While the ongoing pandemic continues to impact businesses across the nation, Cape Coral isn’t slowing down in terms of economic development. This is especially true along the Cape’s Pine Island Corridor.

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Fort Myers Named Fastest Growing City in Nation

More and more people are beginning to discover all that the City of Fort Myers has to offer, so much so that it’s just been named the nation’s fastest-growing city. The designation comes from the personal finance website WalletHub.com.

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Fort Myers Named Top Retirement Community

The results are in, and once again Fort Myers takes one of the top spots when it comes to the “Best Places to Retire in 2021”. The ranking comes from U.S. News & World Report.

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Why Estero is Well-positioned for Growth

A large number of commercial properties in Estero are less than 10 years old, and many of the homes of Estero are on the newer side, as well. That’s not expected to change.

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Fort Myers Named Top Retirement Destination

A great place to live, work, vacation and play, Fort Myers is also a top destination for retirees. That’s according to several different rankings, all of which put Fort Myers extremely high on the list, especially for retirees.

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Bonita and Estero Demand Outpace Market

Demand is outpacing the market in Bonita and Estero as more and more buyers consider making a move to the area. According to recently released market data from June, pending sales increased more than 44-percent while the number of days a listing spent on the market decreased by about 18-percent.

Fort Myers Top Place to Buy a Vacation Home

If you’re looking for a great place to buy a vacation home, Fort Myers is a good spot to begin and end your search. Known for its white sand beaches and endless sunshine, some rightfully consider the city tops when it comes to purchasing a vacation home.

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Lee County Tops in Recycling

Lee County is known for its natural beauty, and area residents aim to keep it that way. That’s why it’s not too surprising that the county tops the state when it comes to recycling.

History behind the Tamiami Trail: Muck, Mosquitoes, and Motorists

Originally conceived as a way to connect Tampa to Miami, the Tamiami Trail stretches more than 270 miles across the State of Florida. Opened up in the late 1920s, the roadway is considered one of the major forces in drawing tourists to the state. While Florida’s warm temperatures were certainly[…]

Bonita Springs Named Top Retirement Community

A fantastic location to live, work and play, Bonita Springs is also a great place to retire. Money.com recently named Bonita Springs as one of its “8 Best Places to Retire in America”.

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Fort Myers/Cape Coral Tops Job Growth for Past Year

As the state unemployment rate stays steady for another month, job growth takes off in the Fort Myers/Cape Coral area. The unemployment rate in Florida held at 3.2-percent from September to October, while the area of Fort Myers/Cape Coral added more than 11,000 jobs over the past year.

Fort Myers Among Most Affordable Places to Live

Sometimes the most affordable places to live aren’t always the most desirable. In the case of Fort Myers, the city can boast it checks off the box for both affordability and desirability.

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Listing Inventory in Bonita Springs/Estero Lowest in Three Years

If you’re thinking about buying a new home or condo in Bonita Springs or Estero in the near future, be prepared to act fast. Inventory is down considerably compared to the previous year, meaning serious buyers don’t want to wait too long to put in an offer.

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Lee County Top US Metro for Inbound Migration

There’s no doubt people are drawn to the beauty of Southwest Florida, and now Lee County has the numbers to back up the claims. When it comes to inbound migration, or rather people moving into a particular region, the numbers are strong.

Cape Coral & Fort Myers Named Best Places to Retire

If you’re looking for a fantastic place to spend your Golden Years, you’ll surely want to put Cape Coral and Fort Myers at the very top of your list. Both Southwest Florida cities routinely rank extremely well when it comes to the best places in the nation to retire.

Cape Coral Ranked Safest Place to Raise a Child

The secret is out when it comes to living in Cape Coral. Not only is Cape Coral a great place to live, but it’s also tops when it comes to one of the safest places in the nation to raise a child.

Cape Coral Rated One of the Safest Driving Cities

There’s more good news coming out of Cape Coral, recently ranked one of the nation’s safest driving cities. The 2019 Allstate America’s Best Driver’s Report puts Cape Coral in the number 10 spot overall.

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Cape Coral- One of the Most Affordable Florida Cities

If you’re looking for a new place to call home in Florida, you may want to take another look at Cape Coral. Not only is the city a great place to live, but it’s also one of the most affordable cities in Florida.

Cape Coral Has Nation’s Fastest Growing Jobs Market

Cape Coral is growing, and not just in terms of new homes and businesses. The population is on the rise, as that really should come as no surprise considering Cape Coral currently tops the nation in terms of its fast-growing jobs market.

Lee County Population Growth

There’s no doubt the population of Florida is on the rise, and that’s even more obvious when you look more closely at locations such as Lee County.

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Wealthy Northeasterners Moving to Florida

Leaving the snow and harsh winters behind, more and more wealthy residents appear to be leaving the northeast in favor of the sunshine and blue skies of Florida. According to a new study from Bloomberg, Florida is easily the big winner when it comes to bringing in new residents, especially wealthy residents.

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Fort Myers Named Desirable Place to Live

The rest of the country now knows what Fort Myers residents take for granted. The city was just named one of the nation’s most desirable places to live.

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Lee County Among Fastest Growing in the Country

It’s certainly no secret that Lee County is a great place to live, and that’s attracting more and more new residents to the region every year. The county is growing so fast that it’s now one of the fastest growing metros in terms of new population growth alone.

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Fort Myers Named Top Place to Live Near Beach

If you’ve ever wanted to live near the beach, Fort Myers is definitely worth another look. The city recently ranked near the top of the list when it comes to “The Best Places to Live Near the Beach in the U.S.”.

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Cape Coral Residents are Happy

If you’re looking for a happy life, Cape Coral is the place! The city recently ranked as the one of the happiest cities in the entire nation.

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Cape Coral Now 8th Largest City in Florida

Cape Coral is booming, and there’s still plenty of room to grow! Newly released stats now rank Cape Coral as the eighth largest city, in terms of population, in the entire State of Florida.

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Cape Coral Named Retirement Boomtown

As baby boomers continue to retire in record numbers, some cities like Cape Coral are thriving. In fact, Cape Coral was just named a retirement boomtown by realtor.com.

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Is it Your Time to Move to Florida?

If year-round sunshine and blue skies sound appealing, perhaps it’s your time to move to Florida. When you do, you’ll be following a large number of people who’ve already made the decision to make a move to the Sunshine State.

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Bowman’s Named Top Beach in FL

Long celebrated by locals and visitors, it seems Bowman’s Beach is now gaining worldwide attention. The beach was just named one of the top 50 beaches in the world, the only beach in the entire State of Florida to make the list.

Cape Coral Tops Nationally in Job Growth

If you’re thinking of making a move to Cape Coral, the future looks bright. A high number of area employers plan to hire new workers in the near future, putting Cape Coral near the top of the list when it comes to the largest metros in the nation. This, according[…]

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Fort Myers Named Top Florida Beach

If you’re looking for the best beaches in Florida, you’ll want to be sure and put Fort Myers Beach on your list. The location is tops when it comes to several lists of the places boasting the best beaches in the state.

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The Cape Coral Singles Conundrum

Cape Coral is no doubt a great place to live and visit, but it turns out it may be more favorable to those who already have a significant other. The city isn’t exactly a singles-friendly city, as it just ranked close to the bottom of the list when it comes to the best cities for single people.

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Fort Myers Named Top Place to Retire

A great place to live, work and play, Fort Myers also just gained a new honor when it comes to topping the “100 Best Places to Retire in the USA”. The ranking from US News puts Fort Myers in the number two spot, noted for its growing population, yet its small town-like atmosphere.

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Fort Myers Named Fastest Growing City in Nation

No doubt lured by its fantastic beaches, a booming housing market and an array of added attractions, Fort Myers certainly presents a thriving location for prospective new residents. Beyond all of this, though, Fort Myers has much more to offer, and is now celebrating its standing as the nation’s fastest growing city.

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Cape Coral Growing Up

Considered one of the nation’s fastest growing cities, Cape Coral is certainly growing up. It’s said the city could soon be home to more than 200,000 residents, perhaps most evident by all of the new residential developments and shops going up in the area.

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Cape Coral is Business Friendly

Already ranked one of the top cities in the nation to start a business, Cape Coral continues the trend with a true business-friendly atmosphere. Not only does the city boast an active chamber, but it also prides itself on being the only city to have its own economic development office in all of Southwest Florida.

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Cape Coral Named Top Retirement Community

Southwest Florida is a prime location for those of all ages, but when it comes to retirees it seems Cape Coral is near the top. WalletHub just put the city in its list of the top ten places for retirees.

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Retire Happy in Cape Coral

A fantastic destination for those of all ages, it appears Cape Coral is an especially good choice for retirees. Kiplinger just announced its list of “10 of the Happiest Places to Retire in the U.S.”, with Cape Coral nabbing a top spot.

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Fort Myers & Cape Coral are Homeowner Friendly

Long considered a fantastic destination, it seems Fort Myers and Cape Coral are equally as desirable when it comes to settling down. The financial tech company SmartAsset recently declared the area tops in the state when it comes to a strong rate of home ownership.

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Sanibel Named a Top Vacation Destination

It appears the secret is out when it comes to the beauty and enjoyment of Sanibel Island. US News & World Report just came out with its list of the nation’s best vacation destinations and, unsurprisingly, Sanibel makes the cut.

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Lee County Named Top Place to Move

Lee County is no doubt a great place to live, and people are certainly taking notice. The county just ranked near the top of the list when it comes to the “The Best 25 Places People are Moving to in 2018”.

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Fort Myers Named a Top City to Start a Business

By now you probably know what a great place Fort Myers is to live or visit, but it turns out the city is also a pretty great place to start a business. That’s evident in a new ranking that puts Fort Myers near the top of the list when it comes to the year’s “Best & Worst Small Cities to Start a Business”.

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Sanibel Named Top Small Town Destination

It may exude more of a small town feel, but Sanibel is certainly overflowing with opportunity. In fact, some of Florida’s larger cities are no match when it comes to Sanibel Island and its showing on the list of the “11 Most Popular Small Town Florida Destinations”.

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Cape Coral Hot for Baby Boomers

Cape Coral is certainly an exceptional place to call home, and its especially hot right now for baby boomers. According to research complied by the website Realtor.com, baby boomers are easily inspired by the area for a variety of reasons.

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Millennials Eying Cape Coral

It’s no secret that Cape Coral is an ideal location for retirees to call home, but it seems more and more millennials also have their eyes set on Cape Coral. In fact, some reports suggest the younger generation is dominating the area’s first-time housing market

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Job Market Strong in Fort Myers

There’s more good news for Fort Myers, as the area just received high marks for its strong job market. According to the recently released Employment Outlook Survey from ManpowerGroup, the area of Fort Myers and Cape Coral boasts the best employment outlook in the entire country, meaning good news for those hoping to gain new employment in the New Year.

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Cape Coral is America’s Top Boomtown for 2017

A Florida lifestyle is certainly appealing, but one particular area is truly booming. In fact, Cape Coral was just named the nation’s top boomtown for 2017. Not only are more and more people beginning to discover all that the area has to offer, but they’re coming out in force.

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Cape Coral is Florida’s Safest City

Often lured to the city by its waterfront setting, fantastic natural scenery and plentiful opportunities, it seems Cape Coral has yet another way of attracting new residents. According to a newly released poll, Cape Coral can also boast that it’s the safest city in the entire state.

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Cape Coral Recognized For Safe Drivers

Cape Coral is no doubt rich with places to visit and see, and now it turns out getting around Cape Coral puts drivers in a prime seat for safety too. Allstate just ranked Cape Coral drivers as among some of the best in America, with the city coming in at an admirable number five on its annual list.

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Lee County Tops for Young Entrepreneurs

It’s no secret that Lee County is a great place to live and work, but now the area is getting some additional recognition when it comes to young professionals. The area of Cape Coral/Fort Myers was just ranked as the fifth best location for young entrepreneurs.

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Cape Coral Tops in Nation for Growth

Lured by the promise of year-round sunshine and some impressive residential home designs, Cape Coral continues to entice new residents, and now a major publication is taking notice. Forbes recently ranked Cape Coral at the very top of the list

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RSW Coming of Age

First opened to the public about 30 years ago, Southwest Florida International Airport, also known as RSW, continues to meet the needs of countless travelers in and out of the Fort Myers area. Once conceived as an alternative to the existing local airfield of Page Field, RSW has now grown into the nation’s third largest airport when taking into account land size alone.

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Fort Myers Tops in Nation for Inbound Migration

Fort Myers is tops again, this time when it comes to inbound migration. According to US News and World Report, Fort Myers takes the number one spot for the “20 Best Places People are Moving to” in the nation. Between the years 2010 and 2014 the area saw a nearly 9.4-percent growth in population.

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Retirees Targeting Fort Myers

The City of Fort Myers is welcoming to those of all ages but it seems that many retirees view this part of Southwest Florida as especially appealing. According to projections by realtor.com, retirees will gain some momentum this year, coming in as the third largest group of homebuyers for 2016, many of which will likely be attracted to Fort Myers for several reasons.

Lee County Third in Nation For Growth

Drivers in the Cape Coral-Fort Myers metro area will attest to the latest population growth numbers as they crawl along Colonial Boulevard or Cape Coral Parkway. Lee County in Southwest Florida is the third fastest growing metro area in the U.S.A., according to population estimates released last week by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Fort Myers Popular With Canadians

When Canadians want to escape their cold, snowy winter days, it’s no secret where they like to head for their winter destination. We all know they head south to Florida. But did you know that the largest percentage of Canadians buy their homes in the Cape Coral-Fort Myers region after Naples-Marco Island?

Cape Coral Named Top City for Job Growth

Forbes magazine has put Cape Coral on its top 2015 list of “Best Cities For Future Job Growth” in the United States. Topping the list at #3, Cape Coral has a projected annual job growth rate of 4.4 percent through 2017. Its high standing is nothing new, since Cape Coral draws kudos in numerous polls, including a recent Bankrate. com survey released in June naming Cape Coral as a top retirement location on a list of Top 10 “Best Cities to Retire in the United States.”

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Cape Coral Named Top Retirement Location

Cape Coral is the only Florida city to make the list of Top 10 of the best cities to retire in the United States, according to a Bankrate.com survey released in June. Americans planning on their retirement destination may want to look into heading to Cape Coral if they want to live in Florida.

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Sanibel Named #1 Family Vacation Destination

With the school year coming to a close, many parents are planning their family vacations with the kids. One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Fort Myers area is Sanibel Island. Sanibel is one of the best places to go for fun, relaxation, sparkling beaches and outdoor activities. As featured on the “Today Show,” Sanibel has been named the #1 Family-Friendly Vacation Destination in the United States by Family Fun magazine.

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Fort Myers Named Top Winter Escape

Fort Myers in southwestern Florida comes in at a sunny #4 on a new list of “The 15 Best Winter Escapes,” by weather.com. The website ordered cities in the U.S. based on weather factors, such as number of sunny days, average temperatures, length of days and precipitation.

Cape Coral Drivers Are Safest in Florida

“Hi this is Rachael Rafanelli reporting live from the Cape where a car was driven into a canal tonight……”
Is it just me or does it seem that every time I watch the news, one of the lead local stories is a report about a car being driven into one of Cape Coral’s canals. It sure came to me as a surprise that some of the most careful drivers on the road live in Cape Coral,

Fort Myers Attracting Wealthier New Residents

Wealthier residents moving to Fort Myers are coming from out of state, particularly New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Michigan and Illinois. A new migration report by the Lee County Economic Development Office points to residents moving to Lee County from within Florida had lower per capita incomes, while those moving from the “snowbird” states had higher incomes.

Cape Coral Ranked Top Place To Live

Cape Coral has been named #5 on a list of Top Places to live in Florida, according to California-based Movoto Real Estate Blog. Florida was hailed for its terrific range of activities—beaches, theme parks, water activities, auto racing, and more.

Fort Myers Homes Sold For 96% of Asking in 2013

I wish that I had a dollar for every time that I get asked, what will the owner take for that property? The best way to answer this question is to take a look at the average selling price to listing price ratio of all homes sold in the Fort Myers area in the last year. In 2013, homes in Lee County on average sold for 96% of asking price

Estero Growing and Targeting Younger Residents

In a move to attract corporations and younger residents to its gated communities, the Estero Council of Community Leaders has hired “Estero 2.0” consultant Seth Harry so it can better understand the needs of its community to move in this direction. Harry is largely known for designing town centers from Wisconsin to London. After a 6-month study of Estero, Harry concludes Estero has too much vacant land approved for retail.

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Doctor Says Fort Myers Real Estate Market Is Healthy

The Fort Myers real estate market went in to see the doctor today for its annual check-up. The doctor poked, prodded, measured……ran all the usual tests and proclaimed, “you look good and healthy to me.” The Fort Myers real estate market sheepishly asked back, “what about the cancer, triple bypass and renal failure that I suffered in 2007, 2008 and 2009……I was in very rough shape.”

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Fort Myers Home Prices Up 25%

Strong sales of single-family homes and condos in the Fort Myers market have continued to push median prices up, rising over 25% for an existing single-family home to $176,333, and the median price of an existing condo is up 14.3% to $160,000 in May compared to one year ago.

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Will Canadian Snowbirds Get to Stay Longer in Fort Myers?

Legislation now being debated in the Senate would allow retirees from Canada to stay up to 8 months in the U.S.—two months longer than current law—if the Immigration Reform bill passes Congress. Nine percent of Canadians who own real estate in Florida have property in the Fort Myers region, the 4th highest number in the state.

Cape Coral Named 5th Fastest Growing City in Florida

Besides their Florida location, what do Miami, Orlando, Sweetwater, Tampa and Cape Coral have in common? According to a report released by the Florida League of Cities for Municipal Research and Innovation, these five municipalities had the largest population gains from 2010 to 2012. During this time frame Cape Coral grew by 5,879 residents from 154,305 to 160,184.

Fort Myers Home Appreciation Fifth Highest in Nation

The 2012 house pricing data released by the Federal Housing Finance Agency reveals that the Cape Coral-Fort Myers metro area had the fifth highest home price appreciation in the nation. According to the data which uses home valuations from both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgages for both new purchases and refinances, our prices appreciated by 6.73% in 2012.

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Fort Myers 3-Year Housing Metrics: 2010-2012

On average it cost just over $27,000 more to purchase a home in the Fort Myers area in 2012 than it did in 2011 with average selling prices increasing from $153,021 to $180,082. This increase of 17.6% in the average selling price is among the highest in the nation for the 2011 – 2012 time period.

Fort Myers Homes Sold For 94% of Asking in 2012

I wish that I had a dollar for every time that I get asked, what will the owner take for that property? I usually pause, rub my hands over my virtual crystal ball and proclaim once again that over the last three years over 50,000 properties have sold in Lee County and the average selling price is 94% of asking price.

Who Is Buying Fort Myers Real Estate?

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently published statistics regarding about the buyers and sellers of real estate in Florida. The report compares demographics of Florida buyers and homes vs. the national average utilizing 2011 NAR data. Some of the findings are very interesting including:

Fort Myers Has 2nd Best Air Quality in Nation

In a study released by Kaz, the makers of Honeywell Air Purifiers, the Cape Coral-Fort Myers metro area was ranked 2nd nationally for having the best air quality. Our area only trailed Palm-Bay-Melbourne-Titusville metro and six of the top 25 metros for good air quality were located in Florida.

Forbes Names Cape Coral and Fort Myers Top Retirement Communities

Forbes Magazine has provided a major boost of confidence to the recovering but still bruised ego of Lee County by naming its two largest cites as top place to retire for 2012. It is quite remarkable that Forbes used two of its top 25 spots on Fort Myers and Cape Coral, joining Pensacola as the only three markets in Florida to make the top 25 list.

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Fort Myers Real Estate Bubble is Officially Over

It is time to officially declare the end of the Fort Myers real estate bubble. Why have we decided to make this bold declaration today? Lee County Property Assessor Ken Wilkinson, the Don Corleone of Fort Myers real estate values, has released his 2011 property assessment figures and values are up in Cape Coral by 3.53% and in Fort Myers by .25%.

Fort Myers is Top Real Estate Turn-around Market

In a recent ranking published by Inman News, the Fort Myers – Cape Coral market was ranked as the 7th best turn-around market in the nation. Our area has been been recognized as a national leader in the housing market recovery by recently by other publications including Trulia, CNN Money and AOL Real Estate.

Low Ball Offers Not Effective in Fort Myers

The common theme from our team this past quarter was that buyer expectations were not aligned with the realities of the real estate market here in Fort Myers.  Many out-of-town buyers showed up expecting to “steal” a foreclosed or short sale property for a HUGE discount off the asking price.[…]

Fort Myers Tops Nation in Real Estate Price Increases

In a report compiled by Trulia, the Fort Myers/Cape Coral MSA led the nation in real estate price increases for the 12-month period ending March 2012. The Trulia report analyzed year-over-year asking prices and our MSA topped the charts with a 14.8% increase in asking prices.

Cape Coral/Fort Myers 3rd Fastest Growing MSA

CNN/Money ranked Cape Coral/Fort Myers region as the 3rd fastest growing MSA in the nation for the decade of 2000-2010 with a growth rate of 60.8%. Cape Coral/Fort Myers closely trailed Charlotte (64.6%) and Raleigh (63.4%) for top national growth rates.

Fort Myers Real Estate Prices Up 15%

Based on data from realtor dot com listings, AOL Real Estate has identified the Fort Myers market as having the 8th highest real estate price increases in the country for the 12-month period ending February 2012. The 12-month median price increase for Fort Myers weighed in at 15.59%.

Fort Myers Real Estate Garnering Global Interest

Lee County Florida, home to Fort Myers and Cape Coral, was ranked second nationally in the nine-month period ending January 2012 for the percentage of foreign real estate buyers. In this time frame, 8.5% of all real estate transactions in Lee County involved a buyer with a foreign mailing address.

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Fort Myers 3-Year Housing Metrics

On average it cost just over $21,000 more to purchase a home in the Fort Myers area in 2011 than it did in 2009 with average selling prices increasing from $132,068 to $153,021. This increase of 15.87% in the average selling price is among the highest in the nation for the 2009 – 2011 time period.

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Fort Myers Homes Sold For 94% of Asking in 2011

We often get asked, what will the bank take for that property…..will they accept an offer of 50% of the asking price? Unfortunately the answer is no, banks are not considering those type of low-ball offers.

Fort Myers Named #3 Destination on the Rise

TripAdvisor has named Fort Myers as the #3 Destination on the Rise in its most recent survey of travel destinations. Fort Myers garnered the top ranking in Florida and only trailed Nashville and Austin on the national scale.

Fort Myers 5th Nationally For Inbound Real Estate Searches

Another day….another report recognizing the growing momentum of the Fort Myers-Cape Coral real estate market. The Trulia Metro Movers Report – Fall 2011 ranked the Fort Myers-Cape Coral 5th nationally in its Metro Movers Index. The Metro Movers Index is the ratio of where Americans are looking to move to vs. move away from for a given market.

Fort Myers Cited as Top Turnaround Market

Wow, sure feels good to type “Fort Myers” and “turn-around market” in the same sentence. We are no longer the ugly-duckling poster child for the housing bust……but one of the markets leading the nation’s real estate recovery.