Can someone please tell me about property taxes in Lee County / Cape Coral?

Asked by mchlopek4, Illinois Mon Dec 17, 2012

I've read conflicting information as far as tax rates. Can you guys set me straight?

Say I buy a house that is $200,000. What should I expect to pay yearly?

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Marge Bennett, Agent, Fort Myers, FL
Mon Dec 17, 2012
the best way to get an estimate is to go on the property appraiser's site at, find the address. On the top there will be a tab to estimate taxes. Or you can click on the next tab to check the current taxes.
If you aren't working with a Realtor at this time, I would be happy to help you.
Marge Bennett
RE/MAX Realty Group
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Terry McCarl…, Agent, Cape Coral, FL
Tue Dec 18, 2012
If you use the tax estimator on you will see that a home that sells for 200k has estimated taxes of $2,908 if you homestead and $3,763 if the property is not homesteaded. Keep in mind taxes are reassessed annually so your taxes will vary year to year.
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AJ Ackerman, Agent, Cape Coral, FL
Mon Dec 24, 2012
Without homestead exemption, you can figure approximately 1.8% of the purchase price to be your taxes for the year. This does not include insurance. Below are two links you can copy and paste to search different addresses in the area to see individual taxes.

It is also very important to educate yourself on the different exemptions offered in Florida! If you are going to live here full time, you can receive a very nice discount.

Go to this link for information on the different exemptions:

Lee County Site:

Cape Coral Site ( Great Search )…
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Barry Weir, , Cape Coral, FL
Tue Dec 18, 2012
a few factors come into play about your real estate taxes in Lee County before I can give you an answer.
Are you going to be making this home a primary residence?
is the home your purchasing a home that was a primary residence for the seller. that would effect your first year taxes.
let me know your thoughts and I will try to help you

Barry Weir PA
Broker Associate
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Marge Bennett, Agent, Fort Myers, FL
Tue Dec 18, 2012
The trim notice is for the existing homeowner. He may be paying much less because of save our home. The tax estimator is more accurate for you the new owner. Get there by clicking parcel details and then looking for the estimate taxes button. Since you are looking in the Cape, you also should check the cape fees box to see what if any assessments are due
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mchlopek4, Home Buyer, Illinois
Mon Dec 17, 2012
Thank you all for the quick response. I already have an agent and he's been doing a great job, I just thought I would get an answer here slightly faster since I have plenty of time tonight to do more searching and making sure all the numbers make sense and he's currently out of town.

For example, I randomly looked at 1413 SW 19th Ave, Cape Coral FL 33991.

I looked at the TRIM Notice, it says "Total Property Taxes" and under the 3 columns it varies from 950-1100 about. So for a 2,000 sq ft house they only paid about a grand? I know it has a lot to do with the Homestead exemption, but I must do more research on that topic to learn more about it.
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If you look near the top of the tax details you will see that the assessed value and also see that this home had a $50,000 homestead exemption.

Also, this home does not have assessments as part of the tax bill. Some home will have the assessments as part of the tax bill.

It looks like this home is in the future utility expansion area, so city water/sewer and the associated assessments are coming for that location. Something to keep in mind when buying in Cape Coral.
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Carolyn Gian…, , Cape Coral, FL
Mon Dec 17, 2012
This is something that varies greatly from property to property. Give me a call or drop me an email and I will fully explain or give you specifics on the property you have in mind.
Carolyn Giandonato
CNN Real Estate Team
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Danielle Sha…, Agent, Cape Coral, FL
Mon Dec 17, 2012
Depends on the assessed value, homestead vs non-homestead. Are taxes currently homestead or non-homestead? That will play a factor into your mortgage payment. What does your real estate representative have to say about thing?
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