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February 16, 2013
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Cape Coral real estate team aims to double its workforce to 30 employees

Growth is the watchword for Southwest Florida real estate in 2013, according to AJ Ackerman, Realtor at Century 21 Sunbelt in Cape Coral. His team, Randy Peska & Partners, plans to double its workforce this year from 15 to 30, after doubling from seven employees in the last three years.

Ackerman says the job growth is driven by an increase in home sale prices and a returning demand for new construction.

"The median sale price is up 43 percent since 2011. That means sellers increasingly want to sell. And home builders are pulling more permits. Last month Lee County issued 54 permits for new single-family homes, which is a 50 percent increase over January 2012," he said.

More sellers and more construction means more real estate transactions, which means Ackerman needs more talent.

Interested real estate agents can contact Ackerman at (239) 565-7867 or online at

AJ Ackerman of Ackerman & Associates is a Century 21 Realtor who specializes in Fort Myers waterfront condos, Bonita Springs vacation homes, Cape Coral sailboat access homes and retirement homes. He is proud to be a part of the Randy Peska & Partners Team at Century 21 Sunbelt. For more information call (239) 565-7867 or contact Ackerman & Associates online at

Koogler Homes completes newest model in 71 days

Koogler Homes' President Don Koogler has announced the Cape Coral-based custom homebuilder has completed its newest model in just 71 days.

"We needed to complete a showcase home model for season. The teamwork of our dedicated builder specialists resulted in the completion of the Marquesa in record time," Koogler said.

Priced furnished in the $800,000s, the Marquesa is a new design located on a corner lot at 1534 S.W. 56th Terrace, that offers 3,313 square feet under air with a choice of three or four bedrooms, 3.5 baths, three-car garage and open floor plan. The contemporary-style residence includes Black Diamond Contemporary Television System, covered outdoor living area with kitchen, outdoor firepit and fireplace, vanishing-edge swimming pool, granite, Silestone quartz countertops, and Koogler custom cabinets, home automation system and in-ground sound system in pool area

Other features are 11-foot and 16-foot ceilings, a security system, central vacuum, wood and travertine tile flooring and impact windows.

Koogler is a master woodworker who has been building homes in Southwest Florida for 16 years, and is celebrating his 11th year in business under the Koogler Homes brand. In keeping with the company's promise of "Our Signature is on Every Home," he works hands-on during the building process of every home. He builds a limited number of homes every year in order to keep tight quality control and to continue to participate in every facet of construction to ensure a one-of-a-kind residence.

Koogler Homes office is located at 434 S.E. 47 Terrace Suite B, Cape Coral, FL 33904. Call (239) 542-4540 for more information. Online at

Tax credit available

for energy efficient

window film on homes

Beverly Hills Window Tinting & Treatments has announces that a new energy efficient window film tax credit has been approved by Congress. A release issued by the International Window Film Association stated that homeowners now have an opportunity to receive tax credits in 2013 for energy efficient upgrades. This includes upgrades that are planned for 2013, or those made in 2012. Window Film is one of the elements that is eligible for these tax credits. The tax incentive covers 10 percent of the cost of residential window tinting, for materials up to $500 in value.

Energy efficient window film has been determined to be a long-term and cost-effective solution for saving energy. It qualifies in legislation as insulation within a home's exterior envelope. This insulation helps to reduce energy consumption from solar heat in warmer temperatures, or reflect interior heat back inside in colder temperatures. In addition, it permits natural light to come in, while still blocking UV exposure.

To qualify for the tax credit, window film must meet with product compliance standards. The product's Qualifying Products Certification Statements should be reviewed to see which films, when installed with different window and frame types, qualify in various climate zones.

If the product qualifies for the window film tax credit, an IRS Form 5695 must be submitted with Income Tax Returns. It is also recommended to save copies of the dealer invoice and the manufacturer's Certification Statement.

For additional information regarding updated tax credit eligibility for window film, visit or call Beverly Hills Window Tinting & Treatments at (239) 489-3838.

Beverly Hills Window Tinting & Treatments is a family owned and operated company, that has provided the residents of Fort Myers and Naples, window tinting since 1990. Serving Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Sanibel, Captiva, Estero, Bonita Springs, Naples, Marco Island and all of Lee & Collier counties, Beverly Hills Window Tinting & Treatments is a complete one stop source for window coverings. Call (239) 489-3838 or Contact them online for more information.

Phase I of Pelican Preserve's Carena

neighborhood nearly sold

Pelican Preserve, the 55-and-better lifestyle community by WCI Communities in Fort Myers, has been exceeding sales projections and there is only one inventory home remaining in phase I of the Carena neighborhood featuring 52 detached grand villa homes.

More than 98 percent sold, Carena offers four single-story home designs - the Valencia, San Remo, Florenca and Ruffino - with two and three bedrooms, 1,756 to 2,286 square feet of living space, coffered ceilings in select rooms, and spacious owner's retreats with large walk-in closets and bathrooms featuring separate showers and tubs, vanities with his-and-her sinks and water closets. Each floor plan includes an attached two-car garage, screened lanai and utility rooms. Prices start at $230,990.

Golfers at Pelican Preserve enjoy 27 holes of championship golf designed by Chip Powell, plus the 24,500-square-foot Golf Club, where members can enjoy fine and casual dining, a full calendar of events, and a fitness center with wellness, fitness and spa treatment rooms.

Pelican Preserve is one of the first residential communities in the nation awarded the Gold Seal of Sustainability from Audubon International's Sustainable Development program. In addition to sidewalks and walking trails, the community includes 38 pristine acres set aside for an observation boardwalk and nature preserve.

Pelican Preserve offers new homes in Fort Myers, and is located minutes from I-75, just south of Colonial Boulevard on Treeline Avenue. The welcome center and models are open daily. For more information, call 239-985-1600 or visit

Learn more about WCI Communities and the company's premier lifestyle communities and experiences by visiting or calling 800-WCI-2290.

DeMond rejoins

The Smart Companies

Gary DeMond has rejoined The Smart Companies in Fort Myers as vice president and general manager, announced company CEO Brian Rist. Previously the company's sales director, DeMond is now responsible for continuous improvements in the culture of the business. He analyzes every process within the organization, from initial contacts with clients or prospective clients through a period after a transaction is completed to ensure the customer is 100 percent satisfied. Adjustments are made as necessary, and the process continues.

DeMond has been working in the manufacturing and business-development industry for more than 20 years. His background includes expertise in lean manufacturing and implementing Lean Six Sigma managerial processes in large corporations. His experience also includes managing a large fabrication company in Illinois that served Fortune 500 companies, as well as consulting work for John Deere, a world leader in providing products and services to customers whose work is linked to the land.

The Smart Companies offer products and services related to storm protection, home technology, energy efficiency and solar solutions for home and office.

The company's family of enterprises includes Storm Smart Building Systems, Storm Catcher and GoEnergySmart, located at 11040 Plantation Road in Fort Myers. For more information, visit or call (239) 938-1000.



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