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Don't Miss This Babcock Ranch Waterfront Home Tour! (Your Dream Home Awaits)

Welcome to Our First Babcock Ranch Home Tour!


Hey everyone, welcome to our very first Babcock Ranch home tour! Today, we're stepping inside the FoxTail model in the sought-after Trails Edge community. Trust me, you're going to LOVE this one.

Why This Home is Perfect for Families

This place has it all:

  • Spacious: Four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a den, and a huge loft – plenty of space for everyone.
  • Dreamy Backyard: A massive fenced-in yard that backs right up to the lake. Perfect for kids, pets, or just relaxing with a gorgeous view.
  • Modern & Stylish: White Shaker cabinets, granite countertops, tile floors, and carpet in the bedrooms. This home is move-in ready!
  • Family-Friendly Community: Trails Edge is known for its friendly atmosphere and abundance of kids. You'll often see neighbors cruising around in golf carts, enjoying the Florida sunshine.

Let's Take a Closer Look 🔍

This Foxtail model is listed at $450,000 and boasts one of the best floor plans in Trails Edge. You get a downstairs bedroom and full bath, perfect for guests or multi-generational living.

Upstairs, you'll find the loft, additional bedrooms, and the master suite, all with stunning lake views. 

chef kitchen in Trails EdgeThe kitchen is a chef's...

Why Your Cape Coral Home Isn't Selling (And How to Fix It Today!)

Sell My Cape Coral Home Fast Joshua Painter


In the bustling world of Cape Coral real estate, selling your home should be a breeze, right? With our sun-kissed beaches, friendly neighborhoods, and booming local economy, it's a wonder that some homes linger on the market longer than expected. If you're reading this, chances are you're scratching your head, wondering why your Cape Coral home isn't selling. Don't worry, you're not alone. Many homeowners find themselves in this pickle, but the good news is, there's plenty you can do to fix it today. Let's dive into some common pitfalls and how to turn that sale sign into a "Sold" one.

Section 1:Common Reasons Your Home Isn't Selling


It's tempting to shoot for the stars with your listing price, especially when you've poured your heart into your home. However, an overpriced home can deter potential buyers from even making an offer. Remember, buyers are savvy and have access to the same market data you do.  Please learn from the mistakes others have made before you.  Each market needs different pricing tactics. You must know the statistics of the market your in today in order to make a logical decision. Find the value of your home today click here. 

Poor Marketing

If your home's online listing has the charm of a low-res potato camera photo, you're in trouble. In today's digital age, your online presence is your first impression. Poor or limited marketing can make your home invisible to potential...

Sell Your Cape Coral Home Fast: Expert Makeover Tips by Joshua Painter a Cape Coral Realtor

Transform My Home & Profits: The Makeover Magic Sellers Need to Know When Planning to Sell My Cape Coral Home


Hello, fellow Cape Coral homeowners! Whether you're enjoying the vibrant lifestyle of your 40s, savoring the stability of your 50s, or embracing the freedom of your 60s, the prospect of selling your Cape Coral home can be both exciting and overwhelming. Fear not! I'm here to guide you through the transformative makeover magic that can significantly enhance your home's value and appeal, ensuring you're not just ready to list your home but do so with the confidence that it will stand out to potential buyers.

 The Importance of First Impressions

Curb Appeal: The Buyer’s First Glance

Think back to when you were house hunting. Remember the allure of that first curb-side view? That's the power of curb appeal. With some basic landscaping and perhaps a boldly painted front door you can create an inviting first impression that captivates potential buyers from the get-go. Buyers are looking for something that looks easy to maintain, (even though you put hundreds of hours in pulling weeds and manicuring your lawn) and has the look of a meticulously cared for home.  When your curb appeal is appealing, we have found that we get many more buyer showings, and our homes sell faster.


The Entryway: Welcome with a Wow Factor

The entryway is your home's handshake; it's where introductions are made. A decluttered space, complemented by a statement art piece and a strategically placed mirror, can set the tone for the entire viewing, offering both light and a warm welcome.  We do not...

Fairways to Home: Kim and Mike's Journey Through Golf Communities to Find Their Dream Home

Kim and Mike's journey to find their perfect home mirrors the challenges and triumphs of a well-played round of golf. Their adventure began in February 2020, introduced by their friend Craig Dennison, who shared their love for golf. They first explored the beautiful golf communities of Herons Glenn and Magnolia Landing, drawn by the promise of life integrated with their favorite sport. However, their initial search didn't pan out, leading them back to Rhode Island, their dream temporarily on hold but their optimism intact. By January 2021, they sought a temporary place to enjoy the winter sunshine, but it wasn’t until February 2023 that their search picked up momentum again. This time, they ventured into River Hall, where they faced challenges reminiscent of a tricky golf course, including an encounter with the 'cat house' that tested their resolve. In August 2023, the possibility of securing a home seemed close when they found a condo in River Hall through a video tour facilitated by their family. Despite feeling a strong connection, their offer was not accepted, adding a layer of disappointment to their quest. Life threw more challenges at them in September, pausing their search once again. However, embracing the patience of seasoned golfers, they resumed their house hunting in January 2024 with new determination. Their perseverance paid off when they found a turnkey condo equipped with luxurious upgrades and hurricane screens—a true hole-in-one in their search for a home. The journey wasn't without its hurdles; a home inspection uncovered some issues, adding a few more obstacles to overcome, including negotiation repairs and navigating the complexities of the HOA. Through it all, their experiences—filled with laughter, mishaps, and family anecdotes—added color to their journey, underscoring the joys and challenges...

Discover Cape Coral's Luxury Waterfront Homes: A Tour of Architectural Elegance

Nestled in the prestigious neighborhood of Northwest Cape Coral, Ember Parkway is home to some of the most luxurious and architecturally significant properties in the region. Today, we dive deep into one such property—a custom Gulf access pool home that redefines the essence of luxury living. With its four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a spacious three-car garage, this property stands as a testament to exquisite living and architectural finesse.


A Masterpiece of Design and Location

This architectural gem, valued at just under $1.6 million, is not just any property; it's a statement. Located at 3613 Northwest 2nd Street in Cape Coral, Florida, it boasts an expansive living area of just under 2600 square feet. It's the perfect example of how modern design can blend seamlessly with functionality, offering both aesthetic pleasure and a high degree of livability.


The Heart of Cape Coral

The Ember Parkway neighborhood, known for its golf access homes, is minutes away from some of Cape Coral's finest dining, including Michelli's Waterfront Restaurant and Bubba's Roadhouse and Saloon. This area is also a hub for convenient shopping and exquisite culinary experiences, making it a highly sought-after location for those seeking a blend of tranquility and accessibility.


Architectural and Natural Splendor

Upon arrival, the property welcomes you with its meticulously landscaped surroundings, featuring an array of palm trees that include the majestic Royal Palms lining the street, promising to grow tall and provide ample shade and privacy. The home itself greets you with its elegant white facade, complemented by a three-tone gray shaded paver driveway, leading up to the grand entrance adorned with hurricane-rated impact doors and...

Discover Luxury Living: A Comprehensive Tour of a Cape Coral Waterfront Home

Welcome to a lavish exploration of a waterfront property that epitomizes luxury living in Northwest Cape Coral. This sought-after location boasts not only breathtaking views but also a convenient proximity to various parks, a boat ramp soon to be accompanied by a tiki hut restaurant, and essential amenities making it an ideal spot for both residents and Airbnb hosts.

Nestled close to serene parks such as Serena Vista and Jim Jeffers, and offering facilities for numerous outdoor activities including soccer, basketball, and pickleball, this area ensures a vibrant lifestyle for all ages. Moreover, its accessibility to the Punta Gorda Airport, supermarkets, and pharmacies adds to the locale's allure, promising ease and convenience.

A peek into the property reveals meticulous attention to detail, from the stunning landscape adorned with a variety of palms to the thoughtful addition of extra pavers on the driveway, enhancing both its aesthetic and functionality. The home's exterior is further complemented by a Floratam lawn, a tile roof, and an upgraded garage door to accommodate taller vehicles, ensuring a blend of elegance and practicality.

Stepping inside, one is greeted by an expansive open floor plan illuminated by natural light, courtesy of the hurricane-rated windows and doors. The interior boasts high ceilings, crown molding, and a sophisticated blend of modern finishes, including plank tile flooring throughout. The kitchen, a masterpiece of design, features granite countertops, a wine cooler, and Whirlpool appliances, setting the stage for culinary adventures.


Entertainment and relaxation spaces abound, from the electric fireplace in the living area to the outdoor pool and lanai, perfect for hosting gatherings or enjoying a quiet Florida sunset. The property also...


Exploring the quaint and picturesque community of Alva, Florida, offers a unique glimpse into a way of life that cherishes the richness of the land and the bounty it provides. Nestled off of Route 80, Alva is not just a location; it's a lifestyle. At the heart of this farming community lies Rooster's Produce Stand, a testament to the area's agricultural roots and a beacon for those in search of farm-fresh produce. As we delve into the essence of Alva, it's impossible not to appreciate the dark, rich soil that makes this region ideal for farming. Whether you're considering moving to the area with dreams of a little farm or a big garden, Alva is a place you'll want to explore further.

During a visit to Rooster's Produce Stand, the charm of Alva becomes palpable. The sight of the big old Ford 2000 tractor under the shade of a majestic oak tree adorned with Spanish moss is a nod to Florida's natural beauty. The landscaping, marked by raised beds and a well-tended greenhouse, highlights the community's dedication to agriculture. For those who value the simple pleasures of life, like the ability to pick your own lettuce from hydroponic setups or savor the taste of locally grown watermelons, cantaloupes, and more, Alva offers a veritable paradise.

The produce at Rooster's is not only fresh but largely grown locally, supporting the ethos of community and sustainability. The stand is a hub for local specialties, including an array of jams and jellies made in-house, such as the Florida Gator Jam, and an assortment of local honey that captures the essence of the region. For those with a penchant for spice, the hot sauce section, featuring favorites like Gator Hammock, is a must-visit. This product, along with others, is a testament to the ingenuity and passion of local producers....

"Title Insurance Explained: Navigating Real Estate with Expertise in Cape Coral"

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA TITLE INSURANCE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS WITH JOSHUA PAINTER AND JESSE SCHWIGKTitle Insurance Explained: A Comprehensive Guide with Joshua Painter and Jesse Schwigk from Townsend Title

Navigating the complexities of real estate transactions can be daunting, especially when it comes to understanding the intricacies of title insurance. In a detailed conversation between Joshua Painter of RE/MAX TREND and Jesse Schwigk of Townsend Title, we uncover the critical aspects of title insurance, how it differs from home insurance, and offer invaluable advice for both buyers and sellers in the real estate market.

What is Title Insurance?

Unlike home insurance, which protects against future events, title insurance safeguards against issues from the past. Jesse explains, "Title insurance is essential for protecting the buyer from previous encumbrances, liens, ownership disputes, and more. It’s a fundamental piece of the puzzle in securing your investment."

Proactive Steps for Sellers

Sellers can take proactive measures to ensure a smooth transaction. "Before listing your property, review any work done on the property, including remodels and loans," advises Schwigk. Ensuring that all permits are closed, and any contractors are paid off can prevent future liens and encumbrances from arising.

Choosing the Right Title Company

With numerous options available, selecting the right title company is crucial. Townsend Title sets itself apart with extensive experience and a commitment to communication. "We pride ourselves on being able to answer your title insurance questions quickly and accurately," Jesse states....

Seller's Agent Services

Discover Unmatched Real Estate Expertise with Joshua Painter - Your Best Cape Coral Realtor in 2024

Are you Planning to sell your home in Cape Coral in 2024?JOSHUA PAINTER BEST CAPE CORAL REALTOR Meet Joshua Painter, renowned from reviews as the Best Cape Coral Realtor, Offering a comprehensive suite of services tailored for home sellers.  Let's explore the exceptional offerings that set Joshua Painter apart in the Cape Coral Real Estate Market.

In-Depth Market Analysis: JOSHUA PAINTER CAPE CORAL REALTOR MARKET ANALYSIS Joshua Painter begins with a thorough market analysis, ensuring your home is priced effectively to align with the latest Cape Coral market trends and comparable sales.

Strategic Home Preparation and Staging:


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714 SW 35Th Street House Warming Party

Our Home Buying Process keeps you on track

I love being a part of handing over the keys to a first time home buyer after they just signed the lender packet and hud statement.  Driving back to the home and  unlocking the door  for the first time really makes people feel empowered to accomplish anything and it never gets old.  Sometimes a first time homebuyer can feel helpless, upset, or unsure of what is going on when they work with someone who does not keep them informed, I can assure you that whatever it is you are going through we will be here to work out the problem for you and keep things moving forward.  There is a lot to buying a home and with our Home buying process we can ensure to keep things on track.

Here are a few pictures from our most recent First Time Home Buyer Party.

One of the things we do for first time homebuyers is to throw them a housewarming party as a closing gift.  



What do I need to know about Home owners insurance in Florida

Our area is full of sun and fun and an abundance of things to do.  Southwest Florida boasts beautiful beaches, bustling downtown areas that offer activities from the local farmers market, to art shows and bike nights.  There is truly something for everyone.  Many people love it here so much, that they decide to invest in a secondary property to occupy on a seasonal basis or to use as an investment property. 

When shopping for a home, it is important to think out the costs and criteria involved with respect to insurance.   There are many factors to consider that will impact the cost of insurance:


  • Seasonal – occupied at random times of the year not consecutive months
  • Secondary basis-used for 6 months out of the year
  • Rental Exposures – annual, vacation or seasonal rental

(For rental exposures, it is very important to disclose what type of sites the property will be advertised on such as Air B & B, Home Away or VRBO)

Age of Property

  • New Properties (2002 and Newer) – will be less expensive to insure since they are built to the current stricter Florida Building Codes
  • Older Homes (2001 and older) requires a wind mitigation inspection to get best rate available.  Credits vary by home
  • Homes over 30 years and older - require a 4 point inspection and a wind mitigation inspection

Flood- (A flood is a general and temporary condition where two or more acres of normally dry land or two or more properties are inundated by water or mudflow)

  • Depending on the location of the home an elevation certificate may be required in order to get a rate
  • The National Flood Insurance Program is no longer the only option available when...

The 21 day guide to preparing your home for sale

are you deciding to sell your home or condo soon?

Here is my free 21 - DAY Guide to Preparing your home for the market:

Day 1:  Replace the burnt out light bulbs around your home. 

Day 2:  Replace the dated light fixtures and door knobs to instanly update your homes look and feel.

Day 3:  Grab moving boxes, packing tape, and permanant markers from the store

Day 4:  Make an extra set of keys to your home.

Day 5:  Start gathering in a folder important papers that you will need.  Copies of utility bills, declaration of insurance, warranty paperwork, survey, site plan, elevation certificate, and HOA documents.

Day 6:  Start Decluttering your kitchen by removing everything from the counter tops, refrigerator, and in drawers.

Day 7:  Hire your Realtor and sign the listing papers and disclosures.

Day 8:  Declutter the Bathrooms and deep clean the tile shower and tub inserts.

Day 9:  Bedroom cleaning.  Pack away the things that are hidden underneath the bed, remove large and bulky furniture, and remove all the personal items from the walls.

Day 10:  Master Bathroom Cleaning and decluttering.

Day 11:  Living Room needs to feel light and bright.  

Day 12:  Front Yard / Curb appeal

Day 13:  Back yard

Day 14: Garage

Day 15:  Carpets and tile steam cleaned

Day 16: ...