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Spring is almost here ... start planning and preparing

March 14, 2014 One more week and it will really be spring. I hope that means no more 49-degree early mornings. I know new residents and tourist think that temperature is just fine. more »»

Qualified Mortgage safer for the lender

March 14, 2014 QUESTION: I have been reading about “Qualified Mortgages” and the related rules that assure the lenders that borrowers can repay their loans. more »»

New mortgage lending rules in effect

March 7, 2014 QUESTION: My daughter and son-in-law are talking about buying a very expensive house. more »»

Condo association board does have emergency powers

February 28, 2014 QUESTION: My husband and I are very private people and we live in a quiet development that has a condominium association. more »»

Earth Day contest for kids, fun St. Patrick’s tales for adults

February 28, 2014 One of the most important children’s programs the Friends of the Cape Coral Library sponsors each year is the Earth Day contest, “Coloring the Eart. more »»

Huckleberries and blueberries — there is a difference

February 28, 2014 Blueberries are a passion of mine. I have loved them for a long time, only when I was young my father would take my available brothers and me huckleberry picking. I knew them as huckleberrie. more »»

A short sale will affect your credit report

February 21, 2014 QUESTION: My daughter and her husband both lost their jobs and had to sell their house in a short sale a couple of years ago. more »»

A cold, dry spring is serious for gardeners

February 21, 2014 By H.I. JEAN SHIELDS news@breezenewspapers. more »»

HOA board members’ ethics and adhering to Florida statutes

February 14, 2014 QUESTION: Several of my friends have volunteered to run for their condo and HOA boards this season. more »»

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow ...

February 14, 2014 By H.I. JEAN SHIELDS news@breezenewspapers. more »»

All HOAs in Florida must be registered with state

February 7, 2014 QUESTION: We live in a very small community that has a homeowners’ association. We don’t even have a management company because we are so small. more »»

February Florida gardening in paradise

February 7, 2014 Last Tuesday was Groundhog’s Day and on Facebook I saw Punxsutawney Phil, a supposedly groundhog prognosticator, with a sign saying, ”Dammit, Jim, I’m just a rodent, not a meteorologist!” I suppos... more »»

What happens to past-due assessments when condo owner declares bankruptcy?

January 31, 2014 QUESTION: One of the unit owners in our condo association is upside down in her mortgage and has not paid association fees in a yea. more »»

Rosary pea and other deadly alerts in Southwest Florida

January 31, 2014 On Jan. 18, 2014, a LaBelle, Fla., man was arrested for selling the deadly toxin abrin through an underground Internet based marketplace. more »»

Board member issues need to be resolved

January 24, 2014 QUESTION: I just heard that a member of our HOA’s board of directors may be indicted for felony theft because of how some of the funds in our association’s reserve accounts were invested. more »»

Barbershop, American folk music, St. Patrick’s Day coming to Cape Library

January 24, 2014 February is the month of love — for those lucky enough to have a special Valentine — and the Cape Coral Library is offering love songs through the ages in barbershop harmony, by the award-winning... more »»

Homeowners associations must follow state law

January 17, 2014 QUESTION: I live in a community that has a homeowners associatio. more »»

A rainbow of color in, and around your home

January 17, 2014 Yes, a rainbow of color, no rain in sight. That would be in a grocery store flower/plant area. more »»

New regulations for homeowners’ association board members

January 10, 2014 QUESTION: I serve on the board of directors of our homeowners’ association. I have just heard that I need to sign some documents or attend a class in order for me to continue to serve. more »»

It’s all about rotation, rotation, rotation

January 10, 2014 In real estate, the three most important words are location, location, location. Right now in the Trafalgar Garden, we are completing many crops, pulling them up and it’s time to replant. more »»



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