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Real Estate Notes

July 13, 2012
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Contractors pull 56

single-family home

permits in county in June

During June, contractors pulled 56 permits to build single-family houses collectively valued at more than $10.5 million in unincorporated Lee County. That compares to 45 permits issued in May and 45 issued in June 2011, according to the Lee County Department of Community Development.

Twenty-nine multi-family units were permitted in June compared to 16 in May and six in June 2011.

Twenty-five new commercial permits were valued at $4.6 million, compared to $5.4 million in May and $3.2 million in June 2011.

During June, Lee County Community Development issued 2,712 permits of all kinds and has issued 16,688 for the year to date.

Lee County Community Development oversees planning, zoning, development and building services, environmental review, building inspection, and code enforcement for the unincorporated areas of Lee County.

To learn more about the department and its services, visit

Builders Care completes home makeover

for Fort Myers couple

Builders Care, with the help of several local Lee Building Industry Association members and volunteers, recently completed renovations at the home of the Morales family in Fort Myers. The two-week project involved the complete remodel of the bathroom to include installing a roll-in shower for handicap accessibility, replacing broken sidewalks and railings, replacing a new air conditioning and more.

Andres and Dolores Morales are in their late 80s and enjoy spending time with their daughter, grandchildren and great-granddaughter. Before Builders Care offered assistance, the Morales family was forced to bathe in a bathroom with leaking water that had significant mold growth and was not handicap accessible.

Bathroom renovations included widening the doorway to accommodate a walker. In addition, all new fixtures, flooring, grab bars and a linen closet were installed. The air conditioning in the home had not worked in months and was completely replaced with all new equipment.

Renovations were completed in partnership with the office of Community Development with Lee County as part of the State Housing Initiatives Program, Builders Care volunteers and Lee BIA members. The estimated value of the construction work provided exceeds $26,000.

This was project no. 115 for Builders Care increasing the total emergency construction services provided to nearly $1.9 million since 2006.

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 is headquartered at the Lee BIA offices at 10501 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Suite 104, in 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 Ave., in Fort Myers.

More information is available by calling 239-938-0056.

Local real estate company

moving to larger offices

Cape Coral housing prices are in a steady upswing. In response, real estate agent AJ Ackerman, with the Randy Peska & Partners Team at Century 21 Sunbelt, is expanding. The new larger offices will be located at the Shops at Surfside, near the Northwest corner of Veterans Parkway and Surfside Boulevard, in Cape Coral.

Next to the entrance to the family friendly neighborhood of Sandoval, the offices will accommodate additional growth and offer future career opportunities with Century 21 Sunbelt.

"I am really excited about the brand new opportunities this market presents for homebuyers and sellers," Ackerman said in a release announcing the expansion. "The Cape's housing market is back and we are preparing ourselves to provide the best possible services to our clients. Now is a great time to buy or sell in our community."

Cape Coral homeowners saw an increase in their home values last quarter, with the median sales price for homes, being $115,750. This represents an increase of 9.2 percent, or $9,750, compared to the prior quarter and an increase of 23.3 percent compared to the prior year. The average price per square foot for a Cape Coral home is up 18.9 percent, at $88, as compared to the same period last year.

Homeowners are not the only ones to benefit from this upward trend. Finally, prospective homebuyers can consider purchasing an affordable home and not worry about the property readily decreasing in value. While home sale prices have depreciated 52.8 percent over the last 5 years in Cape Coral, prices have stabilized and are overall increasing in worth.

"Our office expansion is just one sign of a rebounding economy and I am looking forward to what new possibilities lay ahead," Ackerman added. "Cape Coral is a great place to live. So, if anyone has any real estate questions or needs I would encourage them to call or visit me at our new offices."

AJ Ackerman and the team at Century 21 Sunbelt will open their new offices, 2378 Surfside Blvd., Suite 133, Cape Coral, by mid-July 2012.


AJ Ackerman is a Cape Coral Realtor and part of the Randy Peska & Partners Team at Century 21 Sunbelt in Cape Coral, Florida.

For more information on Cape Coral real estate, call (239) 565-7867 or visit

Davis joins Stevens Construction Inc.

Austin Davis has joined Stevens Construction as project manager, announced Mark Stevens, company president.

Davis will have overall responsibility for the management and execution of healthcare projects during all phases of design and construction, ensuring projects maintain budget and schedule. Davis will be working in the company's Orlando office.

Davis brings substantial experience in healthcare construction, previously serving as project manager for a nationwide construction management firm, where he completed more than $285 million in healthcare construction, including a $191 million hospital tower.

With offices in Orlando and Fort Myers, 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.



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