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January 21, 2012
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Builders Care to host

building product sale

Builders Care, the nonprofit arm of the Lee Building Industry Association, will host its third semi-annual building product garage sale to raise funds to help local homeowners in need. Local suppliers and building industry related companies are providing great deals on all kinds of items including appliances, lighting, plumbing fixtures, kitchen cabinets and paint. All proceeds will benefit Builders Care and help provide emergency construction services to elderly and disabled Lee County homeowners in need.

The sale will take place Saturday, Jan. 28, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Cape Coral Plumbing, located at 5812 Enterprise Parkway, in the Billy Creek Commerce Center off Luckett Road, just west of I-75. Admission is free, but a $5 donation is suggested per adult. Beverages and snacks will be available.

Builders Care is the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association. Its objective is to provide emergency repairs and construction services to elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged people who are unable to obtain home repairs through traditional means. Builders Care enlists the volunteer services of Lee BIA members and leverages grants and donated materials to provide construction and remodeling services to qualified homeowners throughout Lee County.

Builders Care is headquartered at the Lee BIA offices at 10501 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Suite 104, Fort Myers. Donations can be made online at, or to the Builders Care general fund at BB&T Page Field branch at 4959 South Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers. More information is available by calling 239-938-0056.

Ackerman releases eBook

Cape Coral residential Realtor AJ Ackerman & Associates has released "Top 12 Reasons to Retire in Cape Coral, Florida." For those considering retirement, this complimentary eBook has detailed information about life in Cape Coral, Florida's tax benefits, recreational opportunities and more.

According to a CNN report, the Cape Coral community is #2 on the list of best places to retire in the country.

"With housing costs that are among the lowest in Florida, now is an attractive time to buy in Cape Coral," said Ackerman. "Cape Coral has so much to offer. We published this eBook hoping to provide readers with enough information to make their decision of where to retire easier."

This eBook starts out, "If you prefer sunny, warm breezes over blizzards, Cape Coral real estate might be the right choice for you " but far from just presenting enticing, dreamy escapes, there are well written summaries about affordable homes, low taxes and Florida weather. A thorough review of Cape Coral's amenities: shopping, dining, arts and entertainment, beaches, boat access, and additional outdoor opportunities are also included.

In keeping with the with AJ Ackerman and Associates' goal of building relationships and providing unsurpassed service, readers can access "Top 12 Reasons to Retire to Cape Coral, Florida" by clicking at no charge.

AJ Ackerman of Ackerman & Associates is a Cape Coral Realtor specializing in Fort Myers waterfront condos, Bonita Springs vacation homes, Cape Coral sailboat-access homes and retirement homes. Ackerman is part of the Randy Peska & Partners Team at Century 21 Sunbelt. For a free Cape Coral map, or for more information, call (239) 565-7867.

Vargo named

salesperson of the month at Pelican Preserve

Lana Vargo has been named salesperson of the month for December at Pelican Preserve, the 55 and better community by WCI Communities located off Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.

A native of Ohio, Vargo has more than 18 years of real estate experience. She joined WCI Communities in 2003 and served as a sales leader for the high-rise division for more than six years.

Pelican Preserve is located minutes from I-75, just south of Colonial Boulevard on Treeline Avenue. The welcome center and models are open daily. New homes are available from the mid-$100,000s. For more information, call 239-985-1600 or visit

Seahorse Jacobsen

manufactured home

featured at LeeCorp Homes

LeeCorp Homes Inc. has announced the opening of the 2012 Seahorse Jacobsen manufactured home. The 24-foot x 36-foot, 846-square-foot, 2-bedroom, 2-bath model is located on the 2-acre LeeCorp Homes sales center, 20251 S. Tamiami Trail in Estero.

The Seahorse model features a high bar island kitchen with GE range, refrigerator, dishwasher, garbage disposal and spacesaver microwave oven. Other features include cathedral ceilings throughout, bay windows in living room and dining room, wood look vinyl flooring in kitchen, dining room, hall bath, second bedroom and foyer entry; and built-in glass china hutch in the dining room.

Additional Seahorse appointments include drywall in dining room, living room, hallway, and both bedrooms; upgraded carpet and pad, and solar tube in hall bath.

The Seahorse is priced in the mid $70,000s plus sales tax and county impact fees, and includes complete delivery and installation on customer's mobile home or RV lot, or on private property, and includes central air conditioning.

Models on premises are open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More information on this and other Jacobsen models can be found at

Swain joins

Stevens Construction

Rick Swain has joined Stevens Con-struction as superintendent, announced Mark Stevens, company president.

Swain will manage the onsite operations of healthcare projects situated in the Tampa area, ensuring budget and schedule goals are met while maintaining the company's high safety standards.

Bringing 30 years of experience, Swain has completed 475,000-square-feet of healthcare and commercial construction throughout Florida and California.

With offices in Fort Myers and Orlando, Stevens Construction specializes in providing construction management, general contracting, and consulting services to clients and design professionals. Other services include site and design team selection, budgeting, project scheduling, permitting, cost and quality control, and warranty service.

The company builds healthcare, commercial, public and hospitality facilities throughout Florida. For additional information, visit or call 239-936-9006.

End of year sees dramatic rise in median price

The overall median sales price ($116,950) for existing single family homes sold in the greater Fort Myers area is 32.90 percent higher this December than in December 2010, when it was $88,000.

According to the Realtor Association of Greater Fort Myers and the Beach, since January of this year, the area's overall median price has increased by 44.38 percent. This is due to a shift in the type of properties sold, and also to the increase in median price of bank-owned, or foreclosure properties.

The median price of "conventional" sales closing in December 2011 was $137,250 (an increase of 1.70 percent compared to December 2010); conventional properties represented 50.93 percent of sales, compared to 37.52 percent in December 2010. The median price for short-sales in December was $87,500 (an increase of 2.9 percent compared to December 2010), and short-sales accounted for 20.42 percent of all transactions, compared to 18.59 in December 2010. The median price for foreclosure sales in December was $82,750 (an increase of 27.3 percent compared to December 2010), and foreclosure sales accounted for 24.13 percent of all transactions, compared to 43.89 percent in December 2010.

Sales of foreclosures and short sales declined in December 2011 compared to December 2010, (by 50.77 percent and 19.63 percent, respectively), whereas, sales of "conventional" properties were flat (0.7 percent).

Homes of all types spent an average of 61 days on the market before coming under contract in December 2011, and the average home sold for 97.5 percent of its listing price. In December 2010 those numbers were 129 days and 97.9 percent, respectively, the association said.

Pending sales - those under contract and awaiting closing are currently at 2,764. The number of pending sales in December 2011 is substantially higher (120 percent) than December 2010, when 1,256 contracts were pending.

Current overall inventory is down 27.3 percent compared to December 2010, and down 0.45 percent compared to November 2011, according to the association.



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