CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Tours are underway to entice Hertz employees to make the move to southwest Florida. Hertz will be located in Estero, but Cape Coral could cash in when it comes to real estate.
A Hertz employee is under contract to buy one house in the Cape, and the list price is almost $500,000.
Could Hertz employees call Cape Coral home? According to councilwoman Rana Erbrick, they just might.
"In that tour, some of the fun responses I've gotten back have been the fascination with some of these folks that moving to Cape Coral they could potentially have the boat in the backyard, they could fish off their dock, the lifestyle may intrigue them," Erbrick said.
The company announced in May it was moving its headquarters from New Jersey to Estero, bringing 700 jobs to the area.
The rental car giant is working with Lee County's Economic Development Office, giving current Hertz employees and executives tours of southwest Florida to get to know the area.
Erbrick hasn't been on a tour, yet, but she says the county has told her Hertz employees are interested in the city and its 400 miles of canals.
It's exciting news for Mchelle Deal, president of the Cape Coral Association of Realtors. " It reminds them of north and having that home on the lake," she said, when talking about Cape Coral's waterways.
Along with its waterfront views and paradise of palm trees, Deal also says Cape Coral is affordable. "They're going to get more of what they want for the price they want in Cape Coral," she said.
"This is a big deal. When Lee County wins. We win. When we win, Lee County wins," said Erbrick.
The tours that Hertz families go on don't actually go through Cape Coral, because of time constraints. But that hasn't stopped employees from checking out the city on their own.