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July 12, 2013
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Life Made Easy

earns accreditation

Life Made Easy LLC of Cape Coral has earned accreditation in the National Home Watch Association for the second consecutive year.

Life Made Easy is owned by Jerry and Cindy McKay, who moved to Cape Coral almost 13 years ago from Oshkosh, Wis. While in Wisconsin, they owned rental property and rehabbed properties. After moving to Florida, Jerry became employed by the city of Cape Coral as a groundskeeper at its golf course and Cindy became employed as an executive assistant to the CEO of a large healthcare facility. Over the years, neighbors and friends would ask them to watch over their homes while they traveled. When Cindy returned to college to obtain her bachelor's degree, she had to write a business plan, which is how Life Made Easy LLC was born. After doing the research on Home Watch, and knowing their own personal strengths with property management, it just made sense to them that it would help out many residents, and especially the snowbirds, in the community.

Both of the McKays are involved in the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce and the National Home Watch Association. Individually, Jerry is also a member of the Fraternal Order of Elks, and Cindy is a member of the International Association of Administrative Professionals. They also are involved with various charities, and especially with Hope Hospice.

Life Made Easy serves Cape Coral and Pine Island in Lee County and can be reached at (239) 770-5618 or, and on the Web at

The National Home Watch Association was formed in order to establish and maintain the highest industry standards for Home Watch and absentee homeowner services throughout the United States and Canada (

Read appointed to

Cape Coral Community Foundation Board

Fort Myers, Florida - The law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., has announced that real estate attorney Tyra Read has been appointed to the Cape Coral Community Foundation Board of Directors. The CCCF works to grow philanthropy by encouraging endowments, addressing needs, and providing leadership to strengthen the Cape Coral community.

Read represents buyers, sellers, property owners, as well as developers, builders and lenders in a wide variety of residential and commercial real estate matters. She drafts and reviews easement agreements, handles real estate and loan closings (including issuing title insurance) and foreclosures for lenders. She also prepares and reviews loan documents for banks, private lenders and borrowers, counsels landlords and tenants in lease negotiations and prepares residential and commercial leases.

Read regularly writes on Cape Coral real estate matters on Henderson Franklin blog, The Legal Scoop on Southwest Florida Real Estate, and writes "Breaking Down the Real Estate Market" monthly articles for Her articles "Florida's 'Save Our Homes' Benefit and the Depreciation in Real Estate Values" and "Will the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act Help Florida Property Owners" were featured in a book entitled "Florida Foreclosure, What Lawyers Need to Know Now" published by Thomson West.

Read is very active in the Southwest Florida community and serves on the board of the Cape Coral Construction Industry Association, is a member of the Development Committee for Habitat for Humanity for Lee and Hendry Counties Inc., is a member of the Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Leadership Committee of the Cape Coral Community Foundation's Giving Alliance of Women. She is also a member of the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce.

Read can be reached at 239.344.1327 or via email at

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., is one of the largest law firms between Tampa and Miami. A full-service firm, Henderson Franklin has over 55 attorneys practicing in the areas of business and tax planning, estate planning, family law, commercial and civil litigation, immigration law, workers' compensation, employment law, real estate, and land use and environmental law. One of the state's oldest firms, Henderson Franklin was founded in Fort Myers in 1924 and operates offices in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Naples and Sanibel Island. For more information on Attorney Read or Henderson Franklin, please visit

Taylor Morrison wins 'Builder of the Year' Award

Homebuyers in West Florida have one more reason to check out the latest communities from Taylor Morrison, after the company was recently awarded the coveted Builder of the Year Award from BUILDER, the leading media brand for residential construction. This achievement highlights Taylor Morrison's commitment to building differentiated communities and quality homes for today's families across the United States and Canada.

In West Florida, Taylor Morrison is continuing to build on that success, with new communities opening at Esplanade Golf and Country Club of Naples, The Cove at Loggerhead Marina in St. Petersburg and Arbor Lakes on Palmer Ranch in Sarasota. The West Florida division is currently building in over 30 neighborhoods, stretching from the Tampa Bay area to Naples and Fort Myers. They have been purchasing additional land throughout the region and are making plans for new communities in the future.

Taylor Morrison has plenty of new homes available throughout Florida, with recent communities such as Esplanade Golf and Country at Lakewood Ranch having had successful debuts, setting the stage for new neighborhoods to open this summer, such as Old Memorial in Lutz and Arbor Woods in Wesley Chapel. These communities join already established neighborhoods like Winthrop Village in Riverview, Treviso Bay in Naples, and Verona Reserve in Venice.

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Taylor Morrison Home Corporation operates in the U.S. under the Taylor Morrison and Darling Homes brands and in Canada under the Monarch brand. Taylor Morrison is a builder and developer of single-family detached and attached homes serving a wide array of customers including first-time, move-up, luxury and active adult customers. Taylor Morrison divisions operate in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida and Texas.

For more information about Taylor Morrison, Darling Homes or Monarch, please visit, and

For more information about Taylor Morrison communities in West Florida, call 866-495-6006 or visit

Stevens Construction awarded Oasis Clubhouse at ChampionsGate

FORT MYERS Stevens Construction has been awarded the construction management contract for the Oasis Clubhouse and Amenities at ChampionsGate by Lennar in Orlando, Fla., announced Mark Stevens, company president.

Stevens Construction will build a 12,506-square-foot clubhouse featuring a fitness center, aerobic room, women's and men's locker rooms, movie theater, children's play area, sundries shop, game room, Grille Room Restaurant and Bar, outdoor dining pavilion and kitchen.

The project also includes the construction of a beach entry pool, splash pad, quiet pool, lazy river and associated hardscapes, landscaping and irrigation. The outdoor amenities will also feature a tiki bar, water slides, restroom facilities, cabanas, volleyball courts, zen garden, spa and private event area with firepit and water feature.

The new clubhouse will be one of three that will serve ChampionsGate a Lennar community that will have an estimated 3,200 vacation and full-time resident homes near Walt Disney World Resort.

The architectural services are being provided by Titsch & Associates, Inc.

With offices in Fort Myers, Tampa and Orlando, 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 and hospitality facilities. For information, visit or call 239-936-9006.

Neal communities

sells 9,000th home

FORT MYERS Neal Communities is celebrating the sale of its 9,000th home over a 40-year history in Southwest Florida by launching a campaign to send out thousands of tree seedlings to homeowners, business partners in the community and friends of the company. The first tree dedication in the campaign was held at the 9,000th home purchased by Dane and Stephanie Martinez in the Woodbrook community in Bradenton. The family was presented with a $1,000 Target gift certificate.

Neal has marked record-breaking sales every month in 2013, recently surpassing 2011's yearly sales total in June 2013.

Neal Communities was named one of 2012's "America's Best Builders" by BUILDER Magazine. The company is ranked #1 locally by Metrostudy and by Hanley Wood Market Intelligence based on number of home sales and ranked #64 nationally among home builders by BUILDER Magazine. To date, Neal has built over 9,000 homes in Southwest Florida. . For more information, please visit

Wells Fargo makes

donation to Lee BIA Builders Care

FORT MYERS Wells Fargo South Fort Myers Branch selected Lee Building Industry Association Builders Care program to receive a $1,000 grant as a part of their annual community breakfast. Wells Fargo Community Partners Giving Program is an annual program where each of its retail banking stores explores the needs of their local communities and selects a non-profit or school to receive a $1,000 grant. This year, Wells Fargo will award more than $600,000 in grants to nonprofits and schools throughout Florida.

The grants are part of the company's broader support of its communities. In 2012, Wells Fargo invested more than $16 million in nonprofit organizations and schools and team members volunteered more than 70,000 hours across Florida.

Donations to Builders Care are used to help purchase materials to provide wheelchair accessible doorways, kitchens and baths, as well as other construction services such as ramps, electrical and plumbing work and more. Builders Care leverages building industry members for heavily discounted or in-kind labor and materials to provide a wide range of services to Lee County homeowners.

Builders Care is the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA). 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. To date, Lee BIA Builders Care has put more than $2.4 Million in construction services back into the community at no cost to homeowners in need. Builders Care enlists the volunteer services of Lee BIA members and leverages grants and donated materials to provide construction and remodeling services to qualified homeowners throughout Lee County. 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.

Grand opening of Moody River Estates expected this month

Fort Myers D.R. Horton's Southwest Florida Division has announced the grand opening of Moody River Estates located in North Fort Myers on Hancock Bridge Parkway one mile west of U.S. 41 sometime this month. Moody River by D.R. Horton includes single-family homes that embody the blending of the beautiful natural surroundings with innovative new plans that are receptive to what people are looking for today.

Amenities at Moody River Estates include a clubhouse, fitness center, two pools, tennis, basketball, billiards, business center, theatre, playground and walking trails. A boat launch offers access to the Caloosahatchee River and the Gulf of Mexico. These single-family community homes have between 1804 3552 square feet of living space, and are priced from the low $200's. Highlights include a great school district in Lee County, minutes from shopping and restaurants, and luxurious open floor plans.

Founded in 1978 in Fort Worth, Texas, D.R. Horton has operations in 79 markets in 28 states in the East, Midwest, Southeast, South Central, Southwest and West regions of the United States. For more information, visit our website at Home and community information including pricing, included features, terms, availability and amenities are subject to change and prior sale at any time without notice or obligation. Square footage dimensions are approximate.



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