Preview Florida Lots for Sale with Google Street View

Google MapsWhat if you could view Florida land investments for sale and “walk the neighborhood” without leaving your home? Well you can, using Google Street View!

How Does Google Collect Street View Images?

Google uses a fleet of cars that travel throughout Florida, the United States, and around the world.  Each car has one computer and a camera mounted on top.  Each camera has 15 lenses that take 360 degrees of photos.

How Do You Use Street View?

Open up Google Maps and search for a location that interests you.  The location can be an address, an intersection or just a street, city and state.  If the land itself does not have an advertised address, try to get the address of the house next door or the house across the street and enter that.

Click and drag the orange Pegman to the place you want to see.  To “walk down the street”, click on the white arrows overlaid on the street or use the up and down arrows on your keyboard.  Rotate the view to see 360 degrees using the wheel in the upper left corner.  You can play around with the Street View by clicking here.

Who is Pegman?

Pegman is one of my most valued staff members here at Gratia Group.  Using Google Street View, it’s like we send Pegman out to the parcel with a camera, direct his every move remotely, and he beams photos back to us.

How Can Land Buyers and Sellers Benefit From Using Street View?

You can research all kinds of things!

  • Slope and terrain (Is the parcel steeply sloped? Or is the terrain rolling or flat?)
  • Grading (Has a flat pad or driveway been graded on the parcel?)
  • Structures (Are there any outbuildings or other structures on the parcel?)
  • Utilities (Are there electric or telephone poles in the street?)
  • Water (Is there a fire hydrant at a street corner indicating availability of district water? Or is a water tank or well house visible on the land?)
  • Signs (Is there an old real estate sign or “for sale by owner” sign on the parcel indicating the parcel has been on the market awhile? Are there for sale signs on competing parcels nearby?)
  • Homes (Are there quality homes nearby or is it a rough looking neighborhood?)
  • Street (Is it paved or unpaved?)
  • Debris (Is there junk on the parcel? Is the neighbor’s property an eyesore?)
  • View (Does it look like there may be a good view from the land?)
  • Fenced (Is it fully or partially fenced? What kind of fencing is it?)
  • Cars (Are the cars parked on the street nice or old junkers?)

To learn more about how to view lots for sale in Florida through Google street view, contact an expert member of the Gratia Group team at (239) 333-2221.


Short Sale, Great NE Cape Coral Lot is Gratia Group’s Featured Lot Package of the Week

2417 NE 19th Ave

Gratia Group’s Featured Lot of the Week is a lot that is sure to be put under contract quickly, a gorgeous piece of land in the popular NE region of Cape Coral.  The Cape Coral land is located on a freshwater canal perfect for boaters looking to invest in a slice of Florida’s paradise.  Located at 2417 NE 19th Ave. Cape Coral, FL 33909 this lot package of the week is a steal at $12.500. Please keep in mind this Cape Coral lot is a short sale subject to lenders approval.  Please allow additional time for acceptance and closing.  A beautiful Cape Coral lot close to schools and shopping, it is appropriate for both a home site or as an addition to an investment portfolio.

Come invest in one of the hottest areas of Florida, Lee County.  The region is best known for world-class fishing, beaches and a warm sunny tropical lifestyle.  Cape Coral is a large family oriented community just minutes away from Fort Myers that offers beautiful parks and a wonderful school system.

To learn more about this lot or others in our land catalogue, contact a member of the Gratia Group land sales team at (239) 333-2221.

Foreclosures in Lee County lowest since 2006

Falling NumbersLee County foreclosures in September fell to their lowest level since the housing market collapsed in 2006 while home permits continued a slow, cautious recovery, according to recently released on Florida land sales statistics.

Lenders filed 166 foreclosure lawsuits, down from 204 in August and 239 in September 2013, a report by the Southwest Florida Real Estate Investors Association states.

Many realtors feel that it is unlikely foreclosures will return to their previous highs anytime soon because the majority of sales in the past four years have been made without mortgages.  The current market is a sustainable market that’s growing and that’s driven by cash.  If you bought property in 2010 in for $50,000, it’s running in the $120,000s now.

Foreclosures bottomed out in October 2005, when 127 were filed. They reached a high of 2,665 in October 2008 before gradually falling until settling until the 200-300 range over the past year.

Meanwhile, builders pulled 270 single-family-home permits in September – one more than in August but sharply up from 172 in September 2013.  That’s unusual in September, when relatively few people are here and the economy is at its slowest with few home sites being worked on but the region has started to see a lot of people coming back into town a little earlier.

To work with a top notch Southwest Florida realtor contact Gratia Group at (239) 333-2221.

Gulf Access in NW Cape Coral is this week’s Gratia Group Featured Lot


This week’s Gratia Group Featured lot of the week, is a great home site in the desirable NW region of Cape Coral.  This is a stunning Gulf Access Cape Coral land lot, and is in very high demand!  This awesome Gulf access lot is listed at only $52,000 and is going to sell quickly with more and more investors invading the Cape Coral land market.

Investors have found great success in purchasing Cape Coral lots, particularly in the northern section of the largest city in Southwest Florida.  A hot spot for boaters, golfers, fishing enthusiasts and those that love the natural beauty of South Florida, Cape Coral is home to a large population of foreign investors.  Don’t miss out on owning a piece of paradise!

To learn more about the Gratia Group Featured Lot Package of the Week or any of our lot and land listings in Cape Coral and other hot SWFL cities and towns, contact a member of our land sales team at (239) 333-2221.