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April 23, 2019

Just Listed! Cape Coral Waterfront Gulf Access Canal Lot

**UPDATE** Offer Pending after only 3 days! If you or someone you know if looking to sell their home or lot please call Midpoint Realty 239-257-8717. Thank you

April 12, 2019

How Much Should You Spend on a Home Remodel Before a Sale?

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How Much Should You Spend on a Home Remodel Before a Sale?

 

When you’re putting your home on the market, your goal is to get as much money out of the sale as possible. But you don’t want to sink a lot of money into it just to have someone else reap the rewards. So, what do you do? The answer is complicated, but we’ll break it down for you.

 

Most remodeling projects don’t bring in enough benefit to make them worthwhile. But sometimes you have to do an upgrade to sell the house at all. Everyone knows that kitchen and bathrooms are what buyers care about the most. If the kitchen or bathrooms are too dated or not functional enough, they’ll pass right over your home, unless they’re looking for a fixer-upper. But general consensus is that spending a lot of money on a total remodel is a bad investment, unless you plan to live in the house for a while and enjoy it yourself.

 

Talk to your real estate agent before you start making plans. She’ll know what the neighborhood can support. If the home is in a high-end area, your potential buyers might expect marble countertops and hardwood floors. If not, making your home a showcase might price it out of the market, and you won’t get what you put into it. The neighborhood can dictate your spending.

 

Before you begin a project that you’ve never attempted, plan ahead. However, consider practicing on some test areas before moving on to larger spaces. HomeAdvisor suggests, “For instance, when installing tile, buy an old table at a thrift store, lay down some guides rods (wooden dowels do the trick) and practice laying it before installing it. Or when painting rooms, start with the smallest area first to see how the paint color looks and to gain some hands-on training before moving on to the kitchen or living room.”

 

If you’re just looking to sell right away, don’t waste a lot of money on home remodels. You can refurbish things yourself for a lot less money and still have the house looking nice for a buyer. Resurface or paint your kitchen cabinets, and replace the hardware to a more modern look. Replace the kitchen faucet if it looks dated. These items will help the kitchen look more modern without spending a fortune. Adding expensive accoutrements will only add to your expenses.

 

If your home is really dated, you may have to do some more extensive work. Definitely give the home a nice, neutral paint job inside and freshen up the trim and front door on the outside. Luckily, paint is cheap and you can do it yourself. Remember, just because you enjoy bright colors in your home doesn’t mean a buyer will. Neutral is the way to sell a home. Some buyers plan to paint as soon as they move in anyway, so you might be able to get away with just a touch-up to keep the home looking nice.

 

Try visiting a home improvement store to get ideas. Many of them have free classes and workshops to teach you how to do various home improvement tasks. This will also give you an idea of what you will spend on a project. The specialists that teach these classes can also give advice on what’s worth the money and what isn’t.

 

When improving your home, look at it with a buyer’s eye. Updating the home will get you more interest as well as more money. When you sell your home for more money than you expected, all the extra elbow grease will have been worth it. Now you are ready to upgrade to your dream home, hopefully recently remodeled.

About the Author: Jim is a retired banker. He created MoneywithJim to share his advice and other resources on a variety of financial topics.

 

April 8, 2019

Perk Up Your Porch

Courtesy of George Apap Painting, a roof cleaning expert.

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April 6, 2019

Perk n Brew Cape Coral

Feature Friday 4/5/19

Perk n BrewPerk & Brew Cape Coral Midpoint Realty Renae Graves Realtor

If you love your coffee you must visit the charming Perk & Brew. They create gourmet specialty coffee drinks and serve satisfying breakfast and lunch dishes. I have visited a few times and always order the same panini for lunch. Be sure to visit on Thursday evenings for a glass of wine or beer on open mic night. Indoor and outdoor seating. Free wi-fi. Details: Open 8:00 am - 4:00 pm 1021 Cape Coral Pkwy E Ste A Cape Coral, FL 33904 Perknbrew.com 239-542-6080.

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April 6, 2019

Looking for your dream house or need to get top dollar for your home?

March 31, 2019

Specializing in Canadian Residents Purchasing in the United States

     Canadian Citizens Purchase US Homes CapeCoralFLListings.com Midpoint Realty

 

United States Homeownership for Canadians

Specializing in Canadian Residents Purchasing in the United States

 

Are you a Canadian citizen interested in learning more about purchasing a home in the United States? Perhaps you are looking to turn the home into a vacation rental to offset some costs. Here is some information before we start looking for your dream home :) 

 

Financing

 

You do not need to pay cash for the property. I have several lenders that I can refer to you that have great terms.

       20% down payment for second home - Keep your Canadian dollar exchange to just a 20% down payment and closing costs. You can even use your Canadian home equity to cover your down payment.

      25% down payment for investment property

      30 year fix rate or

      You can choose a 3, 5, or 7-year mortgage term

      Renew it, at no cost, when the initial term expires, or move to a variable rate.

      Use Canadian credit history

      No limits to location in United States

      No prepayment penalties – you can pay down or pay down anytime

      No foreign national premium – You will save up to 2% of your rate

       Keep your Canadian dollar exchange to just a 20% down payment and closing costs. You can even use your Canadian home equity to cover your down payment.

 

The Spring Mortgage Deal is On

Save with a $0 underwriting fee on new mortgage3. That's a savings of up to $825 USD (or over $1,000 CAD). Apply by June 30, 2019.

 

What you need to get started:

       Copies of your passport or work visa

       Social Insurance Card

       Notice of Assessment for the past two years, plus pay stub reflecting 30 days’ and year-to-date income

       Most recent two years of T4 

       If self employed – Recent two years of T1 and T2, Trust docs (if applicable) and LLC/HoldCo, articles of incorporation and attorney opinion letter (if applicable)

       If retired - Verification of retirement income, including pension statements and T1 General

       Most recent 12-month mortgage payment historymortgage and line of credit statements for all properties owned in Canada or abroad

       Most recent insurance and property tax statements for all properties owned in Canada or abroad

       Most recent 12-month mortgage payment historymortgage and line of credit statements for all properties owned in Canada or abroad

       Most recent insurance and property tax statements for all properties owned in Canada or abroad

       Most recent two months of statements each account you hold for the account types below. Statements must include your name, account number, all pages, bank name, beginning and ending balances, time period

       Personal checking and savings

       Line of credit if you are using those funds to close on your new home

       RSP accounts (registered and/or non-registered)

       Investments/ brokerage if using for funds to close on home

        Insurance Documents

       Home owner’s insurance policy

       Flood/hurricane/wind insurance policy if required

 

If you are thinking about owning a Vacation rental you don’t want to miss my next article titled “Rental Income and Taxes for Canadians who own U.S. Property”.

 

Call Lic. Florida Real Estate Broker and Owner of Midpoint Realty, Renae Graves in Lee County, Florida. Website and contact info. below.

Specializing in helping Canadian citizens purchase property in the United States.

 

Serving Cities of Cape Coral, Ft. Myers, Ft. Myers Beach, Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero, Pine Island, North Ft. Myers and Matlacha.

 

Not looking for a home in Southwest Florida? I can connect you with a Top Producing agent anywhere in the United States just contact me!

 

Residential, Commercial and Property Management

 

NEW CONSTRUCTION IS VERY AFFORDABLE in Cape Coral, FL! Typically around $30k-$40k more than a resale home. Cape Coral has over 400 miles of waterfront canals. Thats more than any other city in the United States! We have VERY affordable waterfront homes. Check out properties at www.CapeCoralFLlistings.com now!

 

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March 13, 2019

Cape Coral is ranked #24 happiest city in America

https://www.businessinsider.com/happiest-cities-in-america-ranked-income-employment-health-community-2019-3

Cape Coral is ranked #24 on happiest city in America

 

 

The 50 happiest cities in America, ranked

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Madison, Wisconsin ranked in the top three happiest cities this year.
 Sean Pavone/Business Insider

In a recent study released by Wallethub, researchers found the happiest people live in Texas, about 20 miles outside of Dallas.

On a list of cities ranked by three main categories — emotional & physical well-being, income & employment, and community & environment — Texas accounted for eight of the top 50. Other notable mentions include locations in Arizona, Hawaii, and many across the midwest. California swept the ranking, totaling 14 cities in the top 50. The Golden State performed similarly in last year's report, and even clinched the No. 1 spot.

Read moreThe 30 happiest cities in the US, ranked

To complete the report, WalletHub compared 182 of the nation's largest cities and evaluated them on the three main categories mentioned above. These categories were evaluated using weighted metrics — ranging from adequate-sleep rate to hate crime incidents per capita — and then graded on a 100-point scale. These weighted averages were then used to calculate final scores before ordering cities from least to greatest.

Keep reading for a look at some of the happiest cities to live in, beginning and ending with small cities in Texas.

50 (TIE). Arlington, Texas

Total score: 61.73

Arlington is about 20 miles west of Dallas. The city is home to the University of Texas at Arlington. The median age of residents is 32.3 and as of 2017, the average home price was $213,888.

SourceArlington, Texas

50 (TIE). El Paso, Texas

50 (TIE). El Paso, TexasWikipedia

Total score: 61.73

El Paso is located near the Franklin Mountains, and surrounding areas include four Texas State Parks. The city borders Mexico on the Rio Grande, along with the state of New Mexico. As the westernmost point in Texas, it is over 500 miles from both San Antonio and Austin.

SourceEl Paso, TexasGoogle Maps

48. Aurora, Colorado

Total score: 61.83

Located nine miles from the capital city Denver, Aurora is Colorado's third-largest city. It is situated across three counties, and is listed as one of the safest large cities in America.

SourceAurora, ColoradoGoogle Maps

47. Garland, Texas

Total score: 61.86

Located 19 miles outside of Dallas, Garland is home to the Firewheel Town Center, which includes over 100 shops and restaurants. Residents can also enjoy an arts center for local theater and visual art exhibits.

SourceGarland, TexasGoogle Maps

46. Boise, Idaho

46. Boise, IdahoCharles Knowles/Shutterstock

Total score: 61.94

Boise is the capital and most populous city in the state of Idaho. It is only 11 miles from the next largest city, Meridian. Located on the Boise River, the city is home to Boise State University.

SourceCity of BoiseWorld Population ReviewGoogle Maps

45. Port St. Lucie, Florida

45. Port St. Lucie, FloridaGoogle

Total score: 61.96

Port St. Lucie is on the eastern coast of Florida, about 50 miles north of West Palm Beach. As of 2016, it was the eighth-biggest city in Florida, with just under 200,000 residents.

SourcePort St. Lucie

44. Peoria, Arizona

44. Peoria, ArizonaSilvio Ligutti/Shutterstock

Total score: 62.30

Peoria is a major suburb of Phoenix — it's about 13 miles northwest of Phoenix. As of 2016, the city had a population of roughly 160,00 and is home to Lake Pleasant Regional Park, a 23,000-acre park with two marinas.

SourcePeoria

43. Burlington, Vermont

43. Burlington, VermontShutterstock

Total score: 62.31

Burlington is in the northwestern part of Vermont, about 45 miles south of the Canadian border. As of 2012, the city had a population of 42,000. The town is also home to the University of Vermont.

SourceBurlington

42. Fort Worth, Texas

42. Fort Worth, TexasPhilip Lange/Shutterstock

Total score: 62.35

Fort Worth is about 30 miles west of Texas and, according to its website, boasts more than 92 attractions in the 10-mile downtown radius. The city welcomes 9.1 million tourists a year and is the youngest city in Texas, with an average age of 31.5

SourceForth Worth

41. Denver, Colorado

41. Denver, Coloradof11photo/Shutterstock

Total score: 62.41

The capital of Colorado, the "Mile High City" boasts 300 days of sunshine a year. The city has a population of 682,000 and offers easy access to a variety of ski resorts beyond the city.

SourceDenver

40. Garden Grove, California

Total score: 62.70

Garden Grove is about 30 miles southeast of Los Angeles. The city is home to the annual Strawberry Festival — one of the largest community festivals in the western US.

SourceGarden Grove

39. Tempe, Arizona

Total score: 62.80

Tempe is 11 miles east of Phoenix. The city is home to Arizona State University and has a vibrant arts center.

SourceTempe

38. Billings, Montana

Total score: 62.82

Billings is in southern Montana and had, as of 2017, a population of just under 110,000. It is the biggest city in Montana.

SourceBillings

37. Oakland, California

37. Oakland, CaliforniaMelia Robinson/Business Insider

Total score: 63.16

Oakland lies just east of San Francisco. As of 2017, the city had a population of roughly 425,000 people.

SourceOakland

36. Lincoln, Nebraska

Total score: 63.43

Lincoln, the capital of Nebraska, had a population of about 280,000 as of 2016. The city is home to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

SourceCity Data

35. Omaha, Nebraska

35. Omaha, NebraskaEsme/Shutterstock

Total score: 63.50

Omaha is the biggest city in Nebraska; the metro area has a population of over 900,000. The city is home to one of the longest pedestrian bridge projects ever constructed.

SourceVisit Omaha

34. Oceanside, California

Total score: 63.82

Oceanside is about 40 miles north of San Diego. The city has 3.5 miles of beach and a 1,000 boat slip harbor, and is also a popular surf spot.

SourceCity of OceansideVisit OceansideGoogle Maps

33. Chandler, Arizona

33. Chandler, ArizonaBadger13/Shutterstock

Total score: 63.83

Chandler is about 30 minutes southeast of Phoenix, making it a great suburb for those moving away from the capital's city center. Its population is around 250,000, and — despite its suburban location — the city still has a bustling downtown area.

SourceChandlerWorld Population ReviewGoogle Maps

32. Santa Clarita, California

Total score: 64.00

Santa Clarita is a 40-minute drive from Los Angeles, and is home to both Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor attractions. The city has over 213,000 residents, making it the third-largest city in Los Angeles County.

SourceSanta ClaritaGoogle Maps

31. Irving, Texas

31. Irving, TexasTrong Nguyen/Shutterstock

Total score: 64.07

Located 20 minutes from Dallas and 30 minutes from Forth Worth, Irving had a population of over 230,000 as of 2017. Established in the early 20th century, the city is named after author Washington Irving.

SourceIrving, TexasGoogle Maps

30. Des Moines, Iowa

Total score: 64.17

Des Moines is both the capital and largest city of Iowa. The city is about a two-hour drive from both Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. Des Moines is also the third largest major insurance center in the world.

SourceCity of Des MoinesGoogle Maps

29. Honolulu, Hawaii

29. Honolulu, HawaiiYoshinori Kumagai/Shutterstock

Total score: 64.21

Honolulu is both the capital and largest city of the Hawaiian Islands, located on Oahu. The only Hawaiian city with a population over 50,000, the area is home to both Waikiki Beach and United States naval base Pearl Harbor.

SourceGo HawaiiWorld Population Review

28. Pembroke Pines, Florida

Total score: 64.51

Located about 19 miles from Fort Lauderdale and 23 miles from Miami, Pembroke Pines is home to over 160,000 residents. The city borders the Everglades, and is also situated between two major highways.

SourcePembroke PinesGoogle Maps

27. Chula Vista, California

Total score: 64.54

The second-largest city in San Diego County, Chula Vista is a 15-minute drive from San Diego's city center. The city — whose name means "Beautiful View" — is home to over 268,000 residents.

SourceCity of Chula VistaGoogle Maps

26. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Total score: 64.8

The capital of Minnesota, Minneapolis is 12 miles from Saint Paul, the state's second-largest city by population and the other half of the Twin Cities metro area. Along with art museums and concert venues, the city is home to major sports teams and their arenas, such as the Minnesota Vikings, Twins, and Wild.

SourceMeet MinneapolisMinnesota DemographicsGoogle Maps

25. Cedar Rapids, Iowa

25. Cedar Rapids, IowaJonathannsegal/Shutterstock

Total score: 64.90

Located 30 minutes from college town Iowa City and almost 2 hours from capital Des Moines, Cedar Rapids is the second-largest city in the state with a population of over 132,000.

SourceCedar RapidsGoogle Maps

24. Cape Coral, Florida

Total score: 64.96

Cape Coral is located just 20 minutes outside Fort Myers, and 40 minutes from Snivel Island. The city has over 400 miles of canals, alongside golf courses and parks for other outdoor activities.

SourceVisit FloridaGoogle Maps

23. Raleigh, North Carolina

23. Raleigh, North CarolinaSean Pavone/Shutterstock

Total score: 64.99

The capital of North Carolina, Raleigh was established in 1792 and is home to many historic attractions. It is the second-largest city in the state, with a population of over 485,000, behind Charlotte.

SourceVisit RaleighWorld Population Review

22. Anaheim, California

22. Anaheim, CaliforniaJames Kirkikis/Shutterstock

Total score: 65.02

Located in the Los Angeles area, Anaheim is home to two major sports teams and Disneyland, the original theme park designed by Walt Disney. The most populous city in Orange County, Anaheim currently boasts a population of over 350,000.

SourceVisit AnaheimWorld Population Review

21. Gilbert, Arizona

21. Gilbert, ArizonaTim Roberts Photography/Shutterstock

Total score: 65.07

Like Chandler, Gilbert is a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona. While the city is four hours from the Grand Canyon, the area still offers plenty of outdoor activities, along with art exhibits and restaurants downtown. The last recorded population shows a total of over 208,000 residents.

SourceDiscover Gilbert ArizonaWorld Population ReviewGoogle Maps

20. Charleston, South Carolina

20. Charleston, South CarolinaSean Pavone/Shutterstock

Total score: 65.48

Full of beach areas such as Seabrook Island, Charleston is about a two-hour drive from the state capital and second-largest city, Columbia. The city currently has a population of 775,000, and earned awards from both Condé Nast Travel and Travel + Leisure last year.

SourceCharlestonGoogle Maps

19. Saint Paul, Minnesota

19. Saint Paul, MinnesotaTim Roberts Photography/Shutterstock

Total score: 65.79

The smaller half of the Twin Cities, Saint Paul is located roughly 12 miles from its sister location, Minneapolis. The city is home to the University of Minnesota Saint Paul Campus and over 304,000 total residents.

SourceVisit Saint PaulWorld Population ReviewGoogle Maps

18. San Diego, California

18. San Diego, CaliforniaSean Pavone/Shutterstock

Total score: 66.01

Home to many lively neighborhoods including the Gaslamp District, Balboa Park, and Coronado Beach, San Diego is the largest city in its county. The city is located 120 miles from Los Angeles, and only 20 miles from Tijuana, Mexico.

SourceSan DiegoGoogle Maps

17. Glendale, California

17. Glendale, Californiatrekandshoot/Shutterstock

Total score: 66.25

A city in Los Angeles County, Glendale is situated between Burbank and Pasadena. It is roughly nine miles from downtown Los Angeles, and the last census shows a total of over 191,000 residents.

SourceGlendale, CaliforniaGoogle Maps

16. Pearl City, Hawaii

Total score: 66.77

Pearl City's main attraction is Pearl Harbor, located on its shoreline. Pearl City is considered a part of Honolulu on the island of Oahu and has a population of over 47,000 residents.

SourceCity DataGoogle Maps

15. Sioux Falls, South Dakota

15. Sioux Falls, South DakotaJacob Boomsma/Shutterstock

Total score: 66.97

Sioux Falls is South Dakota's largest city, located about three hours from the capital Pierre and about five hours from Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Located on the Big Sioux River, the city has a population of over 180,000.

SourceVisit Sioux FallsWorld Population ReviewGoogle Maps

14. Austin, Texas

Total score: 67.16

Austin is closest to San Antonio but is still less than three hours away from Dallas and Houston. Considered the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin is the state's fourth-largest city and continues to have a growing arts community. It is also home to the flagship University of Texas campus, commonly referred to as UT Austin.

SourceVisit AustinWorld Population ReviewGoogle Maps

13. Santa Rosa, California

13. Santa Rosa, Californiarandy andy/Shutterstock

Total score: 67.18

Located in the heart of California's Wine Country, Santa Rosa is 98 miles from Sacramento and 55 miles from San Francisco. Santa Rosa has approximately 175,000 residents, and also houses the Charles M. Schulz Museum, dedicated to the "Peanuts" comic strip creator.

SourceCity of Santa RosaWorld Population ReviewGoogle Maps

12. Overland Park, Kansas

12. Overland Park, Kansas
Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens in Kansas.
 David Reber/Flickr

Total score: 67.37

Overland Park is Kansas' second-largest city after Wichita. It is just a twenty-minute drive from the latter and has its own Arboretum & Botanical Gardens alongside other community spaces. Overland Park's total population is around 200,000.

SourceOverland Park, KansasWorld Population ReviewGoogle Maps

11. Bismarck, North Dakota

Total score: 67.38

Located in the center of the sparsely populated state, Bismarck is the capital and second-largest city in North Dakota. The city is a three-hour drive from the state's largest city, Fargo, and is home to 70,500 residents.

SourceNorth Dakota DemographicsGoogle Maps

10. San Francisco, California

10. San Francisco, CaliforniaLuciano Mortula - LGM/Shutterstock

Total score: 67.53

One of California's most well-known cities, San Francisco is home to iconic sites such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Alcatraz Island, Lombard Street, and the painted ladies houses. The median rent in San Francisco is around $4,500 per month.

SourceCNBCSan Francisco Travel

9. Scottsdale, Arizona

9. Scottsdale, ArizonaTim Roberts Photography/Shutterstock

Total score: 68.24

Considered a part of the greater Phoenix area, Scottsdale is a 25-minute drive from the capital city center and less than 20 minutes from nearby Tempe. The city is home to plenty of shopping and restaurants in its Old Town section, along with popular Arizona adventure trips — such as raft and jeep tours — of surrounding areas. The city is also well known for its beautiful golf courses.

SourceScottsdale, ArizonaGoogle Maps

8. San Jose, California

8. San Jose, CaliforniaNicolasMcComber/Getty

Total score: 68.90

As the Capital of Silicon Valley, San Jose features over 6,600 tech headquarters, including Netflix and eBay. Tech giants Apple, Google, and Facebook are also located nearby in surrounding cities such as Menlo Park. San Jose is the state's third-largest city, following Los Angeles and San Diego, and is located 55 miles from San Francisco.

SourceSan JoseGoogle Maps

7. Grand Prairie, Texas

Total score: 69.30

Grand Prairie is located directly between Forth Worth and Dallas and is less than a 25-minute drive from both cities. The city boasts a historic downtown area and has a population of close to 190,000.

SourceCity of Grand Prairie, TexasGoogle Maps

6. Fargo, North Dakota

6. Fargo, North DakotaDavid Harmantas/Shutterstock

Total score: 69.57

Located on the North Dakota and Minnesota border, the city of Fargo sits on the Red River in Cass County. It is close to 200 miles from the next largest — and capital — city Bismarck. The town originated as a frontier settlement and its historic downtown is still home to its 93-year-old Fargo Theatre.

SourceFargo

5. Huntington Beach, California

Total score: 69.74

Otherwise known as "Surf City USA," Huntington Beach sits on 10 miles of coastline between Los Angeles and San Diego. Visitors can drive along Southern California's famous Pacific Coast Highway for oceanfront views, as well as window shop in the city's downtown area.

SourceSurf City USAWorld Population Review

4. Fremont, California

Total score: 71.17

About 38 miles from San Francisco and only 17 miles from San Jose, Fremont is the fourth most populous city in the Bay Area with over 231,000 residents. Situated on the San Francisco Bay's southeast side, the city is home to art galleries, farmers markets, and historic sites.

SourceCity of Fremont, California

3. Madison, Wisconsin

3. Madison, WisconsinSean Pavone/Business Insider

Total score: 71.81

Located near five lakes and known for its winter weather, some of Madison's popular attractions include its Capitol building and the University of Wisconsin main campus. It is about an hour-and-fifteen-minute drive from Milwaukee — the state's largest city — and a two-and-a-half-hour-drive from Chicago, both of which sit on Lake Michigan. Madison's highest category rank was for "Income & Employment."

SourceDestination MadisonWorld Population Review

2. Irvine, California

2. Irvine, CaliforniaLagunaticPhoto/Shutterstock

Total score: 71.86

Located near Huntington and Newport beaches in Orange County, the city of Irvine includes over 16,000 acres of parks and open space. The FBI has considered Irvine "America's Safest Big City" for over a decade, and the area is also home to a prestigious branch of the University of California system. The city received its highest score in the "Emotional & Physical Well-Being" category.

SourceDestination IrvineGoogle Maps

1. Plano, Texas

Total score: 72.30

A part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, Plano is home to over 283,000 residents, as well as the headquarters for companies such as Frito-Lay and Toyota North America. The city's highest ranking category from the happiest cities report was for "Community and Environment.

March 7, 2019

Affordable New Construction Homes March Special

Are you looking for an affordable new construction home in Cape Coral? Look no more, in fact March is the month to save even more! Contact Renae Graves owner/Broker at Midpoint Realty for floor plans and more information on homes.

 

Thank you and have a beautiful day!

March 4, 2019

5 Stress-Free Ways to Keep Clutter Out of Your Home

Stress free ways to be clutter free Midpoint Realty Cape Coral Renae Graves Realtor 

By Suzie Wilson of www.Happierhome.net

 

5 Stress-Free Ways to Keep Clutter Out of Your Home

 

Is your cluttered home causing you stress? You’re not alone. A disorganized home can cause tension and anxiety for most people, but cleaning up your act doesn’t have to add more stress. In fact, tidying up your home can be a fun and rewarding process! You just need to use these tips and tricks to simplify your organizing, decluttering and cleaning efforts.

 

Don’t Forget to Clean as You Declutter

 

Getting rid of clutter can be great for your health. But if you’re not getting rid of dust, dirt and dander at the same time, you could just be spreading those air contaminants around. So make your plan to get organized, make sure you also have a plan to get everything really clean. Since you probably have a laundry list of “to-do’s” on your plate, this may be a good time to opt for a professional cleaning service. You can use online search tools to discover experienced cleaners in your area, and even check out average pricing and reviews.

 

Look for Ways to Repurpose Your “Junk” 

 

Decluttering your home is about more than downsizing your belongings. This process also gives you a chance to really get every inch of your home organized. From the kitchen cabinets to your bedroom, there are tons of storage solutions that can help you do just that. You may even be able to repurpose some of the things you would otherwise give away. For instance, empty boxes are great for sorting out your freezer, and magazine holders are perfect for keeping your potatoes, onions and root vegetables cool and fresh.

 

Shop for Organizing Tools You Don’t Have

 

It can be fun to upcycle household items into smart storage, but sometimes you may want something with a little more polish. Luckily, major retailers are getting keen to the organizing needs of consumer. So you should have no problem finding stylish organizing tools that you can easily customize to fit your tastes. Pot racks and shelving top the list, but one of the most versatile storage products you can find are utility carts. You can use these rolling storage-makers in just about any room of your home, for a simple way to get organized.

 

Create a Plan of Attack for Your Clutter

 

If you only have a small area to clean out, you may be able to jump right into your efforts. For most people, however, decluttering and organizing is a whole-home effort. It’s easy to get overwhelmed without a solid plan, so sit down and figure out just how you’re going to get this big job done. The most important step in your plan should be to stay patient as you work through this process. Clean out one small space each day if that helps. So long as you have clear goals in mind, how long you take doesn’t really matter. Don’t forget to put together a fun decluttering playlist too, so you can keep yourself from getting bored with tidying up.

 

Use Tidy Secrets to Maintain an Organized, Clean Home 

 

You did it! You’ve successfully sorted your belongings and organized all the things you decided to keep. Now that the hard part is over, all you need to do to maintain that clean is to follow a few tidy house hacks. Get yourself into little habits, like making your bed every morning and wiping down your bathroom each evening. Those baby cleaning steps can be so much more effective for keeping your home organized, and they take much less effort than tackling a major mess build-up all at once. Got a busy schedule? This is where that cleaning service you researched may make sense to use on a more regular basis.

 

Stop letting your disorganized home stress you out, and stop stressing out about getting it clean! Decluttering and tidying up really can be a joyful process (or at least not a distressing one), if you have the right tricks up your sleeves. So gather your supplies, call in the professionals and get to work on transforming your cluttered home into the clean, stress-free haven it should be!            

 

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March 1, 2019

Residents Favorite Dog Groomers

Residents Favorite Dog Groomers

 

Pampered Pup - 4574 Pine Island Rd NW, Matlacha, Florida 33993 (239) 283-4422

Wash n Wag -1751 NE Pine Island Rd, Cape Coral, Florida 33909 (239) 574-9274

Knotty Dogs Mobile Grooming - (239) 628-5464

GiGi’s Pet Spa - 3816 Chiquita Blvd S, Unit 8, Cape Coral, Florida 33914 (239) 540-3194

Paradise Grooming - 1939 Del Prado Blvd S Unit D, Cape Coral, Florida 33990 (239) 599-2448

K-Nine Dog Grooming - 4708 SE 8th Ct #3 Cape Coral, Florida 33904 (239) 360-8130

 

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