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February 28, 2014
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Janis Keim joins CCCIA

Janis Tobin Keim has joined the Cape Coral Construction Industry Association as the new membership account executive on Jan. 2, 2014. Most recently Keim acted as campaign manager in Cape Coral Mayor Marni Sawicki's successful bid to be the first female mayor in the city's history.

Keim spent 25 years with the City of Cape Coral in the Parks and Recreation Department as the aquatics supervisor and Yacht Club manager. Prior to her move to Cape Coral, she was a resident of Ohio where she obtained her bachelor's Degree.

For more information and to complete entries, please call the Cape Coral Construction Industry Association at (239) 772-0027 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays or visit online at

VanLandschoot opens Mortgage 1 office in Cape Coral

Tracy VanLandschoot has brought Sterling Heights, Mich.-based Mortgage 1 to Florida with the opening of a new location in Cape Coral at 3501 Del Prado South, Suite 207. VanLandschoot is the branch manager of the residential lending firm. Operating hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and by appointment after regular hours and on the weekend.

A Florida native, VanLandschoot has 24 years of mortgage experience including servicing, construction, processing and underwriting in a wide arena of available mortgage products. Contact her by calling (239) 471-3696, or by e-mail to

Mortgage 1 is a home-lending specialist offering all the popular mortgage-related products, from FHA and VA loans, to HomePath Mortgages that allow buyers to purchase a Fannie Mae-owned property with a 5 percent down payment, no lender-requested appraisal and no mortgage insurance. Mortgage 1 is based in Sterling Heights, Mich. It has 34 main locations and affiliate branch offices in Michigan, and one Ohio location.

Celebration Cape unveils new model home

D.R. Horton's Southwest Florida Division has announced that Celebration Cape has unveiled a new furnished model for viewing in the gated community, which is the only one of its kind in the heart of Cape Coral. The Ashbury is a three-bedroom home with a den, 3 1/2 baths and a two-car garage offering 2,431 square feet of living space.

It's one of six floor plans in this neighborhood of only 58 single-family homes, priced starting from the low $200s. These luxurious homes feature living space ranging from 1,983 to 3,297 square feet.

This new community features a lake and walking/jogging trail and its location offers convenience for getting to work or play.

Several homes have been built and are available for quick move-in at Celebration Cape, which is centrally located off Southeast 8th Street in Cape Coral, just east of Santa Barbara Boulevard (between Nicholas Parkway and Hancock Bridge Parkway).

For more information, call 239-634-3689, email or visit

Median price of homes continues to climb in Lee County

The median price in Lee County continued to move upward with another significant increase in January, according to the Realtor Association of Greater Fort Myers and the Beach. The median price of single-family homes increased 27.2 percent or $38,500 when compared to January of last year ($180,000 vs. $141,500) and the median price of condos increased by 20.8 percent or $28,450. Month-to-month the median price of single-family homes increased 1.7 percent or $3,000; the median price of condos dropped 0.03 percent or $50 from December 2013.

In looking at the median price by the types of properties sold, traditional sales experienced a 32.6 percent median price jump, while the median price of short sales increased 30.0 percent and foreclosures decreased 0.6 percent.

In Lee County, 745 existing single-family homes sold in January, a decrease of 3.7 percent compared to January 2013 when 774 homes were sold. It is also a decrease of 24.9 percent compared to December 2013, which is a typical drop at this time of year. When compared to January 2013, traditional single-family home sales increased by 6.6 percent, sales of foreclosure properties increased by 14.1 percent and short sales declined by 63.3 percent.

Short sales and foreclosures made up 25.9 percent of total single-family home sales, while traditional sales made up 74.1 percent. Last year in January, those percentages were 33.1 and 66.9 percent, respectively.

Single-family homes spent a median 46 days on market before coming under contract in January 2014, and the average home sold for 93.1 percent of its listing price. In January 2013 those numbers were 57 days and 93.7 percent, respectively.

Pending sales of single family homes those under contract and awaiting closing are currently at 1,278, which is 6.4 percent lower than it was in January 2013 (1,365) and 50.2 percent higher than it was in December 2013 (851).

The number of existing single family homes available for purchase in January is 4.0 percent lower than that of January 2013 and now sits at 6,192. Current inventory combined with the current pace of sales created a 6.1-month supply of homes in Lee County for January. There was a 6.5-month supply in January 2103 and a 6.1-month supply last month.

The numbers reported by the Realtor Association of Greater Fort Myers and the Beach represent all sales by members of Florida Realtors in Lee County. Statistics released each month may be revised in the future as new data is released.

The Realtor Association of Greater Fort Myers and The Beach is at 2840 Winkler Ave., Fort Myers. Call 239-936-3537; fax, 239-936-2836 or visit

Campbell joins Wright Construction Group

Chris Campbell has joined Wright Construction Group Inc. as director of project development responsible for developing new construction opportunities throughout Southwest Florida, announced Fred Edman, president of Wright Construction Group.

Campbell has been a resident of Southwest Florida for over 40 years and has been involved with construction projects totaling over $400 million. With over 20 years of local experience, he has managed a diverse range of project types, and has held high-level management positions with some of the top local construction managers in the area.

Wright Construction Group was established in 1946 in Elkhart, Ind., and relocated to Southwest Florida in 1981. With offices in Lee and Charlotte counties, the company provides construction services from Sarasota and Lakeland to Marco Island. The multi-disciplined firm offers expertise in civil, environmental and all facets of construction services in the areas of multi-family living, office, commercial, medical, governmental, and educational facilities, historic restorations and general building services.

Visit or call (239) 481-5000.

Santa Luz gears up for grand opening

Santa Luz, the gated portion of the 3,000-acre Gateway master-planned community in Fort Myers, is gearing up for grand opening festivities set for Feb. 28 through March 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Food and refreshments will be offered during the grand opening events.

The events will mark the completion of a new custom heated pool and cabana with a covered outdoor picnic area, bathrooms and fitness center as well as the fourth building consisting of four additional coach homes available for purchase. Those buying a coach home now through March 31 will receive $5,000 cash back at closing.

The 8.4-acre community offers 64 individual residences located in 16 separate two-story buildings. Santa Luz currently has four coach homes available located next to the golf course from $229,900.

Santa Luz is located at 12071 Santa Luz Drive (off of Westlinks Drive), Fort Myers.

For more information, contact 239-333-3447 or visit

Sheeley Architects to provide architectural and engineering designs for Blue Moon Pizza

Sheeley Architects Inc. has been commissioned by Blue Moon Pizza to provide architectural and engineering designs for the 3,474-square-foot upscale full-service restaurant, which will also include a 1,410-square-foot covered patio for outdoor dining. Blue Moon Pizza will be located in the old Jalapeno's Building at 7381 College Parkway in Fort Myers.

Blue Moon Pizza features specialty pizzas, inspired sandwiches, creative salads, a full bar, and is expected to open in April.

Michael K. Sheeley, AIA, LEED AP, and Matthew Bechtel, NCARB, serve as project architect and project manager for Sheeley Architects Inc., Anthony Pistocchi, PE LEED AP, of Pistocchi Engineering, LLC, provided the electrical reengineering services. Kevin Adams PE, of Kevatron Engineering Inc., provided the mechanical engineering services, and Stevens Construction will serve as the general contractor.

For further information, call 239-482-2121 or visit



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