Another Happy Friday On Sanibel


2017-10-14 Bird Life in Tarpon BayIt’s SanibelSusan reporting another happy Friday on the islands. This week, we started to see a little change in the weather. Temperatures were down into the 70’s a couple of nights which resulted in some days in the 80’s – feeling like fall is coming. Forecasts for Wed and Thurs next week say highs will be mid-70’s, so Florida’s season is changing.

The roadways continue to get busier as more snowbirds arrive early. The event calendar is filling up too, so if you are here, be sure and check the update on that below. Lots of fun things are happening over the next few weeks as the islands gear up for the holidays and a winter of fun!

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors

Sanibel realtors logoThere was no Caravan meeting yesterday, but next Thursday is the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® Annual Meeting, which includes election and breakfast meeting followed by caravan. Don’t call at 8 a.m., as I will be counting votes! Good luck to the three Realtors® running for two Board of Director positions: Ted Benjamin, Bruce Cochrane, and Amy Wainwright.

At SanibelSusan Realty Associates

Sanibelsusan LogoThe action posted in the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service since last Friday is posted after a few news items below. Two of our listings went under contract and though teammates Dave and Lisa are away for a long weekend, he just got a sale done too. It is not posted in MLS yet, so it will be on next week’s report.

Upcoming Events & Reopenings

Island Pizza has reopened – after remodeling.

ding darling 2017Through Sat, Oct 21 – “Ding” Darling Days – began Sunday and continues through tomorrow with birding, biking, paddling, boating tours, and special daily programs. Saturday is “Free Conservation Art Day”, with free Wildlife Drive admission that day. Full calendar of events at http://www.dingdarlingdays.com/.

Through Sat, Oct 21 – 11th Annual Art From the Attic Sale – at Tower Gallery from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in tents on their parking lot, plus on their decks and screened porch. Inside gallery open until 9 p.m.

BaileysSun, Oct 22 – 32nd Annual Bailey Fest – In the Bailey’s plaza from noon to 4 p.m. with entertainment, food, & children’s activities.

Fri, Oct 27 – Howl-O-Ween – Island Paws 13th Annual Fundraiser, this year to benefit the Gulf Coast Humane Society. At Over Easy Café from 5 to 7 p.m. with dogs in costume, food, and drink.

Sat, Oct 28 – 9th Annual 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H. – race starts at the Sanibel Community House at 7:30 a.m. (continues east to the Casa Ybel Rd to Middle Gulf Dr to Tarpon Bay Rd, where it turns around and returns to the Community House by the same route.

Jazz + Blues logoSun, Nov 5 – 2nd Sanibel Jazz & Blues Festival – at Bailey’s backyard noon to 7 p.m. sponsored by Sanibel-Captiva Optimist Club, Bailey’s General Store, and George & Wendy’s Seafood Grille with proceeds to benefit scholarships, children’s programs, and local charities. More info at www.sanibelbluesandjazzfest.org

Sun, Nov 12 – 36th Annual Taste of the Islands – at Sanibel Community Park (across the street from SanibelSusan Realty) from noon to 5 p.m.

Condos & Hurricane Damage: Who Pays? What’s The Process?

Florida Realtors logoThough the island suffered very little damage from Hurricane Irma, with many condominium associations holding their meetings in the upcoming months, I thought the below article worth sharing. It was posted on-line Oct 16, at Florida Realtors, authored by John C. Goede.

Question: Our condominium suffered wind damage from Irma and the biggest problem is the windows. Our documents require the owners to repair and replace windows but the owners are claiming it is the association’s responsibility. Who is right? –B.A., Stuart

Answer: Under the current statutes, the first question in this analysis is whether the damage was caused by an insurable event. If the damage is from a hurricane, this is going to be an insurable event. Therefore, window replacement responsibility is not necessarily governed by the documents, but rather by the statutes. Specifically, section 718.111(11) of the Florida Statutes provides that the condominium association is responsible to repair and replace property insured by the condominium association. It is important to note that insurance responsibility may be the same, or it may be different, from the responsibility set forth in your governing documents.

“Thus, I would contact your insurance carrier and determine whether your condominium policy covers the windows. If so, the condominium association will be liable to repair and replace the windows damaged by Irma and the cost would be a common expense.

“Notwithstanding the above, there are a few exceptions. First, the statute provides that the condominium is responsible to insure “all portions of the condominium property as originally installed or replaced of like kind and quality, in accordance with the original plans and specifications.” So, if an owner previously replaced the original windows with something other than “like kind and quality” then the condominium may not insure those improved windows.

“Second, the statutes also allow a condominium to “opt out” of the above analysis. If the association has opted out, the analysis would be governed by your governing documents and not the statute.

“Third, the condominium association is not responsible to repair or replace when the damage is caused by intentional conduct, negligence, or the failure to comply with the rules. For example, if the rules require the owner to deploy hurricane shutters and the owner failed to do so, the condominium association may not be responsible for those particular windows under the above analysis.

“My recommendation is you contact your insurance carrier as well as a licensed Florida attorney to make sure that the condominium association is acting under its documents and the applicable statutes.”

Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity October 13-20, 2017

Sanibel

CONDOS

3 new listings: Spanish Cay #E3 2/2 $369K, Mariner Pointe #811 2/2 $435K, Sundial West #F201 2/2 $895K.

1 price change: Coquina Beach #1D 2/2 now $544.9K.

4 new sales: Mariner Pointe #811 2/2 listed at $435K, Ibis at The Sanctuary #B302 2/2 listed at $468.5K, Sunset South #6D 2/2 listed at $499.9K (our listing), Sandpiper Beach #501 2/2 listed at $695K.

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Sunset South #6D – top floor left

 

1 closed sale: Sanctuary Golf Village I #2-5 2/2.5 $665K.

HOMES

6 new listings: 970 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 $599K, 1270 Bay Dr 3/2 $1.349M, 1313 Eagle Run Dr 3/3 $1.35M, 2477 Wulfert Rd 3/4 $1.475M, 5743 Baltusrol Ct 3/3/2 $1.495M, 2029 Periwinkle Way 4/2/3 $1,999,901.

4 price changes: 1846 Ardsley Way 2/2 now $628K, 1470 Angel Dr 3/2 now $999K, 1525 San Carlos Bay Dr 3/2 now $1.749M, 5606 Baltusrol Ct 4/6 now $2.495M.

4 new sales: 4606 Brainard Bayou Rd 2/2 listed at $465K, 9448 Begonia Ct 3/2.5 listed at $699K (our listing), 3547 West Gulf Dr 4/4 listed at $1.25M,519 Kinzie Island Ct 3/2.5 listed at $1.295M.

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9448 Begonia Ct in Gumbo Limbo

 

2 closed sales: 1294 Par View Dr 3/2.5 $900K, 1687 Hibiscus Dr 3/3 $1.04M.

LOTS

2 new listings: 5723 Baltusrol Ct $349K, 1036 Bayview Dr $3.695M.

No price changes or new sales.

1 closed sale: 1026 Fish Crow Rd $385K.

Captiva

CONDOS

1 new listing: Beach Homes #22 2/2 $2.35M.

No price changes or new sales.

1 closed sale: Beach Villas #2623 1/1 $528K.

HOMES & LOTS

Nothing to report.

This representation is based in part on data supplied by the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® Multiple Listing Service. Neither the association nor its MLS guarantees or is in any way responsible for its accuracy.  Data maintained by the association or its MLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market.  The information provided represents the general real estate activity in the community and does not imply that SanibelSusan Realty Associates is participating or participated in these transactions.

Happy Friday, Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusanTGIF

Friday the 13th on Sunny Sanibel


ShellsIt’s SanibelSusan, reporting another week of progress on sunny Sanibel Island. More storm debris piles have disappeared, more cars are on the roadways, many of the establishments closed in September have reopened, and the shelling continues to be fantastic.

Several of our listings had inquiries this week. Both teammate Dave and I have been out showing property, while teammate Elise’s report below of the action posted in the Sanibel/Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service show that the only two Sanibel condo sales this week were at SanibelSusan Realty. You know we are thankful for that! Otherwise a slow week. The other island sales include two Sanibel homes and a single Captiva condo.Friday 13th

The island is experiencing periodic outages of both internet and phone service this afternoon, so this weekly update is short.

(Maybe related to Friday the 13th?).

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors\

Sanibel realtors logoAt the Thursday morning Caravan meeting yesterday at the islands’ Association of Realtors®, there were just a handful of new listings announced, but attendance was up with many affiliates and agents there.

Everyone is ready for “season” to begin.

Upcoming Events & Re-Openings

ding darling 2017“Ding” Darling Days – Beginning on Sunday, Oct 15, with “Free Family Fun-Day” including live wildlife presentations, a traveling learning lab, butterfly house, wildlife arts and crafts, free Wildlife Drive admission and tram tours, plus hot dogs. During all of next week, there are birding, biking, paddling, and boating tours, plus special daily programs. It wraps up next Saturday, Oct 21, with “Free Conservation Art Day” where attendees can meet Federal duck stamp artists and enjoy cartooning, nature photography, wood-carving demo. Free Wildlife Drive admission that day too. See full calendar of events at www.dingdarlingdays.com.

Museum LogoSanibel Historical Village and Museum – Reopens Tuesday, Oct 17, and will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guided tours are at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Water Quality Presentation – On Tuesday, Oct 24, from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. hosted by the Environmental Awareness Committee of the Captiva Island Yacht Club. Panel presentation and discussion called “Sanibel-Captiva Current Beach Water Quality Issues”.

Captiva yacht clubPanelists include James Evans, Director of City of Sanibel’s Department of Natural Resources; Dr. Eric Milbrandt, Director of the Marine Lab at the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation; and Dr. Erhard Jones, an environmental engineer and professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin.

Hallo’Tween 2017 – Twice the fun this year at ‘Tween Waters Inn with two parties in one night: Outdoors on the Captiva House Patio, with a DJ and indoors at the Crow’s Nest with dancing to the country and rock sounds of the Gatlins.Hallo Tween 2017

Annual costume contest at midnight with a $1,000 grand price, plus more cash prizes, and lots of ‘Tween Waters Inn gifts.

$10 admission at the door.

Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity October 6-13, 2017

sancap GO MLS logoSanibel

CONDOS

4 new listings: Tennisplace #E33 2/1.5 $320K, Beach Road Villa #104 2/2 $473K, Sanibel Arms #F2 1/1 $499.9K, Loggerhead Cay #153 2/2 $919.9K.

No price changes:

2 new sales: Ibis at The Sanctuary #B102 2/2 listed at $449.9K (our Listing), Cottage Colony West #138 1/1 listed at $575K (our Buyer).

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Ibis at The Sanctuary Building B

 

 

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Cottage Colony West at Casa Ybel Resort

 

3 closed sales: Ibis at The Sanctuary #B201 2/2 $470K, Sanctuary Golf Villages I #6-2 2/2.5 $627K, Lighthouse Point #327 3/2 $815K.

HOMES

8 new listings: 915 Palm St 3/2 $475K, 5292 Umbrella Pool Rd 3/2 $569K, 1550 Centre St 4/3 $715K, 9446 Beverly Ln 3/3.5 $899K, 5690 Sanibel-Captiva Rd 3/3 $996K, 1304 Eagle Run Dr 3/3 $1.2M, 529 Lighthouse Way 3/3 $1.295M, 1255 Isabel Dr $1.795M.

4 price change: 1710 Sand Pebble Way 3/2 now $659K, 1350 Middle Gulf Dr 3/3 half-duplex now $899.9K, 1743 Venus Dr 4/3.5 now $1.67M, 2167 Starfish Ln 4/4.5 now $2.195M.

2 new sales: 981 Sand Castle Rd 3/2.5 listed at $499K, 5305 Umbrella Pool Rd listed at $579K.

3 closed sales: 1311 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 $750K, 931 S Yachtsman Dr 4/3.5 $800K, 732 Windlass Way 4/3.5 $1.05M.

LOTS

1 new listing: 1028 Bayview Dr $2.195M.

2 price changes:  Lot 27, Leisure Acres now $79.9K, 667 Birdie View Pt now $345K.

No new sales.

1 closed sale: 6159 Starling Way $610K.

Captiva

CONDOS

No new listings.

1 price change:  Bayside Villas #5228 1/2 now $419.5K.

1 new sale: Beach Homes #8 3/2 listed at $2.625M.

2 closed sales: Tennis Villas #3118 1/1 $250K, Beach Villas #2517 1/1 $475K.

HOMES

1 new listing: 38 Sea Hibiscus Ct 2/2 $1.049M.

No price changes or new sales.

1 closed sale: 11500 Chapin Ln 4/4.5 $1.65M.

LOTS

Nothing to report.

This representation is based in part on data supplied by the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® Multiple Listing Service. Neither the association nor its MLS guarantees or is in any way responsible for its accuracy.  Data maintained by the association or its MLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market.  The information provided represents the general real estate activity in the community and does not imply that SanibelSusan Realty Associates is participating or participated in these transactions.

Happy weekend to all…

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

Island Life – Getting Back to Normal


It’s SanibelSusan, reporting that there has been good progress this week in getting the islands back in order post-Irma – with more owners returning, more summer projects wrapping up, and more tree debris removed from the sides of local roadways

Post Irma Recovery

Today is the 18th consecutive day of roadside debris collection with three huge trucks and one smaller one working systematically from one end of the island to the other. The latest report from the City said that sweeps will continue until every roadway (public and private) have been serviced twice. So far 40,000 cubic yards of what has been collected has been converted to mulch, with the City finalizing plans to offer it to the community free.

Yesterday bright-and-early, I was excited to have a claw truck removing the huge pile in front of my home. This is a long tedious process with piles growing and utility lines often hampering efforts, but the crew was careful and efficient.

FISH 2017 10 K raceBecause of the main debris collection site being on Island Inn Road, the City is working with F.I.S.H. to come up with an alternate route for the F.I.S.H. annual 10K fundraiser race which is scheduled for October 28. I got a call from Nicole McHale, 2017 F.I.S.H. Board of Directors Chair, asking if I could get Realtor® volunteers willing to work that morning, manning the route, particularly at driveways, to aide in runner and public safety. The call is out, with plenty of us already volunteering.

A little advice to those not back on-island yet, bring patience. Those looking for pressure/window washing contractors and screen repairmen will likely have a wait. I’ve heard that screening material now is in short supply, compounding the delay for some repairs. Last night, the local news reported that it may take months, if not years, for some cage work to be completed. Orange barricade fences are recommended where needed for safety.

I got a letter from my landscaper advising that they expect to have their customers’ properties back to normal by Christmas. So, we are thankful that island damage was minimal and look forward, with patience, to a warm and wonderful fall and winter season.

Sanibel Approves Budget; Irma Plays Big Role

santiva chronicleSanibel City Council met yesterday, below is the article posted this morning at “Santiva-Chronicle” on-line:

Sanibelcityseal logo“Sanibel will operate on a budget lower than last year in 2018 and it will include expenses from Hurricane Irma, higher beach parking rates and a 15% increase in the cost of a membership at the Recreation Center.

“The City Council gave final approval to the 2018 fiscal year budget at a special budget meeting at City Hall on Thursday, Oct. 5. Most of the budget details had been finalized in the council’s regular meeting and budget hearing on Oct. 3 and Thursday’s meeting was a formality.

“The city’s final approved budget total for fiscal 2018 is $60,033,596. It was prepared based on a millage rate of 1.9139, which is the same as last year.

“By everyone’s assessment, the City of Sanibel performed well before, during and after Hurricane Irma, which came through on Sept. 10. The massive post-Irma cleanup has been orderly, but it still goes on and it hasn’t come without a cost.

“Irma caused Sanibel to dip into its 2017 disaster relief money and that is reflected in the new budget’s beginning fund balance. The disaster reserves haven’t been restored to the 2017 level and the city anticipates that state and federal reimbursements might be a long process. The reserve for disasters is budgeted to be reduced from $4.5 million to $3.7 million due to Hurricane Irma recovery expenses.

“The budget hit from Irma is a one-time occurrence, but the city’s budget woes involving beach parking and the Recreation Center are lingering problems. The council addressed both in the meetings leading up to the final budget approval session.

“The deficit in the beach parking fund now sits at $1.8 million. At its regular meeting on Oct. 3, the council on a 4-1 vote raised the hourly beach parking fee from $4 to $5, raised the B decal for non-resident parking from $99 to $124 and the BC decal for non-resident parking with a boat from $198 to $248. The increase goes into effect Nov. 15.

“The gap to make ends meet for the Recreation Center in the tentative 2018 budget was $384,000. The cost of classes at the Recreation Center will not increase, but much is coming under the knife and membership fees are going up 15% following action by the council at the Tuesday budget meeting an in an emergency meeting Thursday just prior to the final budget hearing.

“Several citizens appeared at the Tuesday budget hearing and they were relieved when Mayor Kevin Ruane said at the top of the meeting that class prices at the Rec Center will not go up. None of them complained at the 15% increase the council arrived at after discussion.

“Ruane presented figures showing that the 15% increase will offset $105,000. He also gave figures for 5% ($35,000), 10% ($70,000), 20% ($140,000) and 25% ($175,000). Several times over the past few years Ruane has said that he believes the cost of a membership is a value not offered in other communities. Councilman Jason Maughan picked up on that theme at the Tuesday budget meeting. “We are below one-half where everyone else is,” Maughan said. “I say we raise it 25% and call it a day.” “Is there a sweet spot?” Councilman Chauncey Goss asked. Recreation Department Director Andrea Miller suggested that 10 to 15% would be a good compromise. The council decided on 15% by unanimous vote.

“The second reading and public hearing would have occurred at the Nov. 7 council meeting, but that was moved up to the emergency meeting Thursday, where it passed on a unanimous vote. Since it was an emergency action, the council is required to approve the increase through the normal process in the coming months. The effort to bring the Recreation Center back to financial fitness will also include cuts totaling $76,000 in operating expenses and $156,000 in staff reductions.

“The 2018 final budget adopted Thursday is 3.9% lower than the 2017 adopted budget of $62,468,100 and 8.43% lower than the 2017 amended budget of $65,302,567.

“While the millage rate remains the same as 2017, it will raise more tax dollars. Sanibel’s taxable property value for fiscal 2018 was assessed by the Lee County Property Appraiser at $5.05 billion, which is 6.17% higher than the final posted value in 2017.

“Ruane said Thursday that had it not been for Irma, the city could have gone to the rolled-back millage rate of 1.8132. All of the budget proceedings were to have taken place in September, but were pushed back to October by the passage of Hurricane Irma.”

Water Quality

West wind 2017-10-06.jpgPhoto above taken this afternoon at the beach in front of West Wind Inn. The beach is narrow and the water still churned up from recent rain and wind, but the water looks pretty typical for post-storm.

I had lunch yesterday with a Realtor® pal often involved in continued efforts locally to improve water quality. Many of you have seen the aerial photos showing the discolored water in the bay now. That really does happen whenever there is a big rainfall and dead vegetation is churned up, particularly in mangrove area. Now, exacerbated with Lake Okeechobee releases. According to this week’s report on www.MySanibel.com:

“As of October 2, 2017, the elevation of Lake Okeechobee was 16.47 feet. Click here to see the Current Level of Lake Okeechobee .  The Lake is currently within the Top of the High Sub-band of the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS2008). The Lake level is currently 0.71 feet HIGHER than it was at this time last year and approximately 1.71 feet HIGHER than it was in 2015.

“Heavy rainfall associated with Hurricane Irma resulted in Lake Okeechobee levels rising dramatically during the past three weeks. This prompted the US Army Corps of Engineers to begin regulatory releases to the estuaries. Click here for links to weekly Caloosahatchee Conditions Reports.

“During this past week, flows at the Franklin Lock averaged 10,497 cfs, with approximately 57% of the flow coming from Lake Okeechobee. Average flows are currently more than three and half times the high-flow ecological harm threshold of 2,800 cfs establish for the estuary, resulting in very poor salinity levels throughout the estuary.

“Water clarity in San Carlos Bay and along Sanibel’s beaches are being impacted by runoff from the Caloosahatchee watershed and discharges from Lake Okeechobee. Click here to see an aerial of the current water conditions at Lighthouse Beach Park.

As my lunch friend said, it is probably inevitable that there will be a bloom of red tide this winter, if not sooner. Please stay involved in efforts to improve water quality. Red tide is a natural phenomenon, but it can be limited/prevented.\

Trump Signs NFIP Extension Into Law

NFIPOn September 8, President Trump signed a 3-month extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that was due to expire on September 30. The signed legislation also authorized $15.25 billion in emergency funding for disaster relief and rebuilding that includes $7.8 billion for victims of Hurricane Harvey.

The program now will remain in effect until December 8. The NFIP provides flood insurance to 5 million homeowners nationwide. Lenders require flood insurance in order to close on mortgage financing if the home is in a flood zone.

The National Association of Realtors® supports the 21st Century Flood Reform Act, H.R. 2874, which passed the House Financial Services Committee a few weeks ago. The bill would reauthorize the program for five years, encourage private insurers to enter the market, cap annual insurance premiums at $10,000, and grandfather existing rates for certain homes that are already covered and in compliance with building standards. It also would make money available for owners to elevate their homes or take other flooding precautions and enable communities to use flood mapping techniques that are more accurate than the government’s. The bill would make a number of other reforms, including improvements to the processes for owners who file a claim or want to submit an appeal. (For updates, go to www.floodsmart.gov )

36th Annual Taste of the Islands

crow 36th tasteC.R.O.W.’s (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlfe) 36th Annual Taste of the Islands will be held Sunday, November 12, at the Sanibel Community Park (across the street from SanibelSusan Realty). Gates open at 12 p.m. and close at 5 p.m. The event features live music and showcases Sanibel and Captiva Islands’ vibrant and diverse restaurant community. New this year, guests can meet CROW’s Animal Ambassadors in the Sanibel Community House.

Live entertainment will be provided by the LCEC Killa-Watts. This unique musical group started as a fundraiser a few years ago and has grown, benefiting many causes throughout the Southwest Florida community. The core Killa-Watts members have been true to the mission of making music, having some fun, and helping those in need by sharing their talent at little, or no cost to help raise funds for worthy causes. They have opened for Lee Greenwood for a Veterans fundraiser, played dozens of United Way and Chamber of Commerce events, and supported efforts to fight Cancer, Heart Disease, Diabetes, and many other worthy causes.

Admission to Taste of the Islands is $7 and children younger than 12 years of age are free. Guests purchase CROW Bucks to get their “tastes” from participating restaurants. Item prices range from one to six CROW Bucks. Admissions and CROW Bucks are available for purchase at the event and in advance through CROW’s website (click here to buy online) and can be picked up at the Will Call booth at Taste of the Islands. Proceeds from Taste of the Islands ensure CROW’s continued success in providing the highest quality care and treatment of injured, ill and orphaned wildlife through state-of-the-art veterinary care. Funds also support public educational exhibits in the Visitor Education Center. Healthy wildlife means a healthy environment for all of us. For more information about the 36th Taste of the Islands, please visit http://www.crowclinic.org/articles/36th-taste-of-the-islands.

SanibelSusan Realty Scoop

Not a lot of island real estate action this week, but we did get a few inquiries from Sellers thinking about listing for “season” and the roadways are getting busier, indicating they “are back” and inventory may increase.

Florida Realtors logoCommittee assignments for 2018 at Florida Realtors® came out this week. It looks like the old gal isn’t going to be retiring anytime soon. Committee work yields good business connections, so I am happy to serve on the state leadership team again next year. The Mid-Winter Business Meetings are the end of January, with my five committees all during a 2-day window, so it will be a quick trip to Orlando for me then. The other committee obligation in Orlando is during the annual governance meetings in August (that sure seems like a long way off, and appreciated that it’s in what’s typically a slow time here).

We are hopeful that the island will be busy this weekend with some folks celebrating a 3-day Columbus Day holiday. We’ll be working.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors®

Sanibel realtors logoNo Association of Realtors® Caravan this week. The every-other-week schedule was revised to skip two weeks because of the Association’s annual meeting at the end of October. Next Thursday, we will have our new home listing in Gumbo Limbo on Caravan.

The action posted since last Friday in the Sanibel/Captiva Multiple Listing Service is below.

Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity September 29-October 6, 2017

Sanibel

CONDOS

3 new listings: Lighthouse Point #217 3/2 $499K; Blind Pass #B207 2/2.5 $499,997; Plantation Village #312 3/2.5 $1.79M.

5 price changes: Blind Pass #E205 2/2.5 now $409K, Loggerhead Cay #463 2/2 now $519K, Snug Harbor #312 3/2 now $699K, Sand Pointe #215 2/2 now $719K, High Tide #C101 now $995K.

1 new sale: Sundial West #H406 listed at $789K.

3 closed sales: Sanibel Moorings #931 2/2 $490K, 1311 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 $750K, Royale Tern #103 3/3.5 $1.43M.

HOMES

5 new listings9448 Begonia Ct 3/2.5 $699K (our listing), 585 Lake Murex Cir 3/2 $725K, 707 Cardium St 3/2 $899K, 6123 Starling Way 3/2.5 $1.2999M, 2915 Wulfert Rd 5/6.5 $3.4M.

1 price change: 8995 Mockingbird Dr 3/3.5 now $949K.

2 new sales: 655 Anchor Dr 3/3 listed at $749K, 2628 Coconut Dr 3/2.5 listed at $1.35M.

4 closed sales: 2150 Egret Cir 3/2 $505K, 9455 Beverly Ln 2/2 $525K, 587 Sea Oats Dr 3/2 $660K, 3364 Twin Lakes Ln 3/2 $670K.

LOTS

1 new listing: 6411 Pine Ave $363.5K.

No price changes.

2 new sales: 2501 Wulfert Rd listed at $183.9K, 1026 Fish Crow Rd listed at $395K.

No closed sales.

Captiva

CONDOS

3 new listings: Beach Villas #2523 1/1 $539K, Sunset Captiva #204 2/2 $1.249M, Beach Homes #18 4/3 $3.445M.

No price changes or new sales.

2 closed sales: Bayside Villas #4118 1/2 $337K, Lands End Village #1614 3/3 $2.3M.

HOMES

No new listings.

1 price change: 15831 Captiva Dr 2/2.5 now $4.975M.

No new or closed sales.

LOTS

Nothing to report.

This representation is based in part on data supplied by the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® Multiple Listing Service. Neither the association nor its MLS guarantees or is in any way responsible for its accuracy.  Data maintained by the association or its MLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market.  The information provided represents the general real estate activity in the community and does not imply that SanibelSusan Realty Associates is participating or participated in these transactions.

Enjoy your weekend!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

Getting Back to Normal on Sanibel Island


It’s SanibelSusan reporting that as we wrap up another work week, I am happy to report that Sanibel is “getting back to normal.” Plenty of storm debris remains piled roadsides, particularly on side streets, but steady removal continues – seven days a week – with area landscape looking better and better day-by-day. Many of the bike paths are cleared now too.

Below are before and after photos of the enormous tree that came down at the entrance of Casa Ybel Resort during Hurricane Irma. The 1st was taken September 12, the 2nd taken this morning, September 29. It’s great to see that they were able to salvage this beauty!

The huge tree and vegetation collection area on Island Inn Road is converting much of it to mulch which soon will be offered to the public. The City continues to post post-Irma progress reports on www.mySanibel.com. It’s worth mentioning again that City efforts and their communications both before, during, and after the storm have been remarkable.

A few snowbirds and away residents have returned early to personally access their properties. Luckily, little damage, other than tree/vegetation loss, has been reported.

SanibelSusan Realty Associates

Sanibelsusan LogoHere at the office, my closing that was delayed because of the storm, closed this week. I continue to work on resuscitating offers that were in the works during the hurricanes and was happy to be out showing a couple of condos this morning.

Teammate Dave held an Open House yesterday at Loggerhead Cay, usually a busy complex even in late summer/early fall, but it was very quiet there.

Thanks to everyone for their patience as the island recovers from Irma. Thankful we are that storms like this occur in the slow time of the year. Even so, we had good listing activity this week and see things picking up.

sancap GO MLS logoOverall inventory is low. The below table shows the statistics today from the island MLS. Prices are holding their own and increasing in many products. I bet the combination of early arrivals and northern weather already turning contributes to an early boost in “season” sales. The highest number of island sales traditionally are last quarter, followed by first quarter – or right around the corner. The action posted in the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service (MLS) since last Friday follows a couple of news items below.

                                          Sanibel                           Captiva

No,      Avg $ Price         No.    Avg $ Price

CONDOS        

For sale 9/29                   80         704,202               19      1,278,361

Under contract               11          858,036              5        812,000

Sold 2017 thru 9/29       104      747,663                 27     624,933

Sold 2016                         143      717,768                 22      873,636

HOMES

For sale 9/29/17               110      1,453,940             28      3,551,940

Under contract                22        1,129,191             2        3,647,500

Sold 2017 thru 9/29         151      1,015,454            20       2,565,475

Sold 2016                           181      979,576               27       3,195,000

LOTS

For sale 9/29/17                 54       472,741                1        2,195,000

Under contract                  2         419,000                0        N/A

Sold 2017 thru 9/29          26       321,608                2        2,312,500

Sold 2016                            25       487,095               2        3,150,000

This representation is based in part on data supplied by the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® Multiple Listing Service. Neither the association nor its MLS guarantees or is in any way responsible for its accuracy.  Data maintained by the association or its MLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market.  The information provided represents the general real estate activity in the community and does not imply that SanibelSusan Realty Associates is participating or participated in these transactions

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors®

Sanibel realtors logoNo Caravan meeting this week at the Association of Realtors® as the summer every-other-week schedule continues until our Annual Meeting on Oct 26. Then, it reverts to every Thursday and continues through “season”.

The “Totes of Hope” packaged last Thursday were delivered and well-received in hard-hit areas in South Florida and the Keys over the weekend. Next week, the Communications and Public Relations Committee will finalize plans for an upcoming early November fundraiser for “Friends Who Care” as the Association continues their “Working Together to Make a Difference” campaign.

Re-openings

bleu rendezBleu Rendez-Vous French Bistro – Reopens for dinner at 5 p.m. on Thursday Oct 5.

Island Cow – Reopened this morning.

Sanibel Farmers Market – reopen for its 10th season on Sunday Oct 1 and will continue every Sunday through the winter from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. It’s on the grounds of Sanibel’s City Hall and has grown to about 40 vendors. This year, Local Roots LLC, has added a 9th market to their busy schedule. This one will be at Captiva’s South Seas Resort every Tuesday from December 19 through April 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They expect to have 20 vendors at that market. Go to www.BuyLocalLee.com for a complete schedule of all their markets.

Traders Store & CafeTrader’s Gulf Coast Grill & Gifts – reopens Monday Oct 1 for the annual Shell Museum Island Dinner fundraiser, this year called a “Cephaloparty” (A cephalopod is any mollusk of the class Cephalopoda, having tentacles attached to the head, including the cuttlefish, squid, nautilus, and octopus.) Tip your favorite celebrity at www.ShellMuseum.org.

Planning Ahead – Pickleball Classic

Pickelball classicThe 1st annual Sundial Beach Resort & Spa Pickleball Classic will be on the resort’s 12 new state-of-the-art courts on November 3-5. It will include men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles with skill and age-level placement. Contact the resort for more details https://sundialresort.com/play/pickleball-classic/

Long-Term Mortgage Rates Unchanged: 30-year at 3.83%

associated-press-logoGood news for those needing a mortgage. The below article was posted yesterday by the Associated Press and reposted by Florida Realtors® on-line:

“Long-term mortgage rates were unchanged this week: The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage remained at 3.83%; the 15-year home loan, popular among homeowners who refinance their mortgages, stayed at 3.13%, mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday.

“Rates on long-term home loans typically track the yield on 10-year Treasury notes, which barely budged this week.

“Two weeks ago, the 30-year mortgage hit a low for the year before bouncing back up last week. So far this year, the 30-year rate is running above last year’s average of 3.65%.

“Freddie Mac says the rate on adjustable five-year mortgages blipped up to 3.20%, from 3.17%. To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country between Monday and Wednesday each week. The average doesn’t include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates. One point equals 1% of the loan amount.

“The average fee for a 30-year mortgage rose to 0.6 point from 0.5 point. The fee on 15-year home loans remained at 0.5 point. The fee on an adjustable five-year mortgage rose to 0.5 point from 0.4 point.”

Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity September 22-29, 2017

Sanibel

CONDOS

3 new listings: Sundial West #C306 1/1 $435K, Sanibel Moorings #941 2/2 $59K, Sanibel Moorings #612 2/2 $565K.

4 price changes: Seashells #40 2/2 now $354.9K, Pointe Santo #C34 1/1 now $589K (our listing)Sand Pointe #122 2/2 now $699K (our listing), Tamarind #B202 2/2.5 now $1.69M.

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View from Pointe Santo #C34

 

3 new sales: Donax Village #3 2/2 listed at $438.5K, Blind Pass #F108 3/2 listed at $594.9K, Tarpon Beach #102 2/2 listed at $749K.

2 closed sales: Blind Pass #F106 2/2 $385K, Sand Pointe #113 2/2 $683K.

HOMES

No new listings:

4 price changes: 981 Sand Castle Rd 3/2.5 now $499K, 714 Durion Ct 3/2 now $609K, 998 Fish Crow Rd 3/2 now $659K, 1672 Hibiscus Dr 3/2 now $1.35M.

4 new sales: 976 Sand Castle Rd 3/3 half-duplex listed at $489K, 419 Lighthouse Way 4/3 listed at $797.5K, 485 Lake Murex Cir 3/2 listed at $1.075M, 3728 West Gulf Dr 5/5 listed at $2.395M.

1 closed sale215 Palm Lake Dr 3/2 $630K (our Buyer).

LOTS

Nothing to report.

Captiva

CONDOS

No new listings.

1 price change: Lands End Village #1665 2/2 now $975K.

No new sales.

1 closed sale: Beach Villas #2525 2/2 $620K.

HOMES & LOTS

Nothing to report.

This representation is based in part on data supplied by the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® Multiple Listing Service. Neither the association nor its MLS guarantees or is in any way responsible for its accuracy.  Data maintained by the association or its MLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market.  The information provided represents the general real estate activity in the community and does not imply that SanibelSusan Realty Associates is participating or participated in these transactions.

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Until next Friday, wishing you happy days, nice weather, & fabulous sunrises, sunsets, & all times in-between.

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

Island Life After Irma


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Beach looking good 9/12/2017

 

SanibelSusan Team members were all back at their posts Monday morning and island life is returning to normal. Thanks to quick service by Dan from Tru-Clean, Inc. Carpet & Tile Care, our office carpet now looks better than it did pre-storm. 2017-09-19 TruClean

Local schools still don’t go back until Monday, with county education leaders now altering the school calendar to make up the 2+weeks lost. Both the Sanibel Recreation Center and the Sanibel Sea School provided free childcare programs this week for families working and assisting in recovery efforts.

As of the City’s Hurricane Irma report last night, just one reported property remains without power, while debris pickup continues. Roadside collections by claw trucks will be seven days a week beginning at 7 a.m. until all is removed. Some of the piles are huge, many reappearing as soon as debris is removed. Care, caution, and patience are needed traveling roadways and bike paths (most paths are not passable).

The Thurs City report also indicates that inspections of the public canals have been completed. The private canals are next, as the City finalizes plans for removing canal storm debris. They are thinking of everything.

If any good comes from an event like this, it’s the amazing comradery – neighbors helping neighbors & helping strangers too. We all owe a debt of gratitude to City workers, utility crews, and the many contractors that have come from near and far to assist in making homes and businesses livable again. The lessons learned from Hurricane Charley probably assisted in making this recovery smooth.

Thank you, Mayor Ruane, City Council, City Manager Zimomra and staff. With power back on and us again able to watch the news, many areas in Florida are not as fortunate as Sanibel. I sure am glad I live here.

SanibelSusan Realty Associates

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Open & ready for business 09/12/17

Here at the office, we still are working on getting a sale closed that was scheduled on the Friday before the storm. Fingers crossed that it happens on Monday. The two offers that were in negotiations pre-storm didn’t make it, but I’m hoping to fan some life into them as recovery here continues.

 

Our new listing at Sunset South was open yesterday morning for Realtor® Caravan and we have had a few inquiries and showings this week too. The action posted in the Sanibel and Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service since Sept 1 are posted after a couple of news items below.

(Note this activity covers a 3-week period, since we were without internet service the last two Fridays. Pretty slow real estate market during those weeks, just one new sale, a Sanibel condo. No sales on Captiva.)

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors®

Monthly Membership Meeting

Yesterday morning was the September Membership Meeting for the islands Association of Realtors®. Plenty of affiliates, sales associates, and brokers were in attendance to share post-Irma experiences and to hear guest speaker, Maggi Feiner, President and CEO of F.I.S.H. of SanCap.

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Maggi Feiner speaking at the Assoc 09/21/17

F.I.S.H. is a unique comprehensive human-services organization focused for over 30 years on “neighbors helping neighbors” on Sanibel and Captiva Islands. Their mission is to lend a helping hand to those who live, work, and visit here. Their vision is to enrich the lives of those on the islands through an array of food programs, island-based workshops, and social services. Their many different programs, services, and workshops, are supported by full-time social workers, administrative professionals, and a team of volunteers.

 

Maggi shared some F.I.S.H. statistics from 2016 when they had 14,399 requests for help and provided assistance to 2,272 individuals. Most island needs or the individuals most at-risk and needing help are youth and seniors. The F.I.S.H. backpack program operates not just when schools are in session, but 52 weeks a year. They also offer after-school education, and one-on-one tutoring. They help with those needing eyeglasses too and their partnership with Sanibel Rec offers summer assistance.

Maggi advised that 53% of F.I.S.H. funding comes from individual donations, 27% comes from grants. She thanked Association members for their continued contributions, food donations, our recent Meals-of-Hope food-packaging event, their support for the annual “10K Race 4 F.I.S.H.” (coming up Oct 18) and F.I.S.H. Celebration, and for volunteering.

Toiletries for Hurricane Irma Victims

 Yesterday afternoon Sanibel/Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® staff and members of my Communications/Public Relations Committee bagged up donations that the Assoc had collected pre-Irma. We prepared 130+individual gallon zip-lock bags each with an assortment of toiletries, hair and shaving products, flashlights/batteries, socks, first aid and sewing kits, & more. In combination with food, water, and paper goods, also collected by off-island Realtors® and their friends, it all will be delivered to Hurricane Irma victims.

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Big thank you to all who contributed and Realtor® helpers Deb Gleason, Kelly Huguenin, and Cathy Lewis, our Assoc Executive/CEO Bill Robinson and MLS Director Matt Alston. Realtor® Jay LaGace with LaGace Partners, ReMax Realty Team, Cape Coral coordinated efforts and provided a drop-off point with multiple vehicles and trailers to deliver the goods.

Hurricane Irma Strikes Refuge

ding darling goose logoThe following two articles are from the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society Newsletter dated Sep 14, 2017:

“Hurricane Irma struck a lighter blow (reported winds of up to 80 mph) than expected to Sanibel Island on September 10. Extensive vegetation damage on Wildlife Drive and Calusa Shell Mound Trail will keep the

Refuge closed for an undetermined length of time, reports Supervisory Refuge Ranger Toni Westland. “It will take days with our limited staff, but it will make us stronger,” she said.

“Toni added that the storm seems to have had little impact on Refuge wildlife. “Hurricanes are a natural phenomenon, and wildlife has adapted,” she said. “Habitat and animals typically rebound quickly, and nature reconstructs in a hurricane’s aftermath. However, research is showing that as storms continue to increase in intensity, it will affect wildlife’s ability to bounce back.”

“She noted that the damage was much lighter and the recovery quicker at the Refuge and island than with Hurricane Charley in 2004. “That’s thanks to the removal of Australian pines and other exotics after Charley,” Toni said. “That’s why it’s so important to preserve mangroves and plant other native vegetation built to weather hurricanes.”

“For updates on the Refuge’s recovery progress, please monitor the official Refuge Facebook page.”

ding-ddlogo16“Ding” Darling Days STILL On – October 15-21, 2017

The Refuge plans to keep its annual “Ding” Darling Days eco-festival on track for October 15-21. CLICK HERE for a calendar and other details.

“Did you know? Mangroves have the potential to reduce wave and wind energy by 50%-75%. The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuges is home to one of the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystems. Mangroves not only ‘anchor’ an island down (and prevent erosion) during storms and high waves, but they also provide a safe place to shelter for many different species of wildlife. Natural and wild places are critical for communities to recover after a hurricane so that flooding can be absorbed by nature.”

Re-openings, Temporary Closings & More

Funny how fast September flew by this year. Already some of the places that closed for summer breaks, employee vacations, deep cleans, remodeling, etc. are reopening. Here’s a partial list…

Island Cow – had kitchen roof damage. Working on repairs now.

Island Pizza – continuing with their planned remodeling, so temporarily closed.

Open signOver Easy Café – reopened today. Open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. for breakfast and lunch.

The Pecking Order – stayed open through the storm & will continue their lunch special from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. all of Sept.

Sanibel Farmers Market – still scheduled to reopen on Oct 1 on the grounds of City Hall from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For info on the other eight markets reopening in the Lee County, go to www.BuyLocalLee.com.

Sanibel Fresh – serving breakfast 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Traditions on the Beach – is open this month, Mon through Sat from 4 p.m. until late.

Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity September 1-22, 2017

sancap GO MLS logoSanibel

CONDOS

1 new listing: Sundial West #K105 2/2 $897.5K.

No price changes.

1 new sale: Sanctuary Golf Villages I #5 2/2.5 listed at $699K.

No closed sales.

HOMES

5 new listings: 887 Casa Ybel Rd 5/3 duplex $575K, 1312 Par View Dr 3/2 $695K, 419 Lighthouse Way 4/3 $797.5K, 6412 Pine Ave 3/3 $1.295M, 1152 Buttonwood Ln 3/3.5 $1.499M.

4 price changes: 673 East Rocks 3/2 now $698K, 698 Spartina Ct 3/2 now $770K, 1043 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 now $850K, 789 Pyrula Ave 3/3 now $1.095M.

No new sales.

3 closed sales: 982 Main St 3/2.4 $465K, 519 Lagoon Dr 4/2 $800K, 1137 Golden Olive Ct 5/3.5 $1.5925M.

LOTS

1 new listing: 761 Donax St $279.9K

No price changes, new, or closed sales. 

Captiva

CONDOS

No new listings, price changes, or new sales.

1 closed sale: Bayside Villas #5136 1/2 $310K.

HOMES & LOTS

Nothing to report.

(This representation is based, in whole, or in part, on data supplied by the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® or its Multiple Listing Service. Neither the association nor its MLS guarantees or is in any way responsible for its accuracy. Data maintained by the association or its MLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market. The information provided represents general real estate activity in the community and does not imply that SanibelSusan Realty Associates is participating or participated in these transactions.)

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The welcoming committee – ibis trio – at the Fulgar St beach access on 9/12/17

 

Until next Friday, let’s not hear about any more hurricanes!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

SanibelSusan Scoop Post-Irma


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The beach at Fulgar St 09-12-2017

SanibelSusan is thrilled to report that the team and I made it unscathed through Hurricane Irma, as did most of Sanibel and Captiva Islands. With the storm wobbling as it headed this way, and a surge threat that would have covered the island, we were all smart enough to escape from our homes to above-ground inland locations to ride it out. Here is some post-Irma news. Sorry I missed blogging last Friday.

 

Post Irma on Now-Sunny Sanibel

Electricity stayed on in most Southwest Florida locations until the eye got close Sunday night. Then, by 3 p.m. on Monday, the City gave the all clear for residents to return. Son Dave and I were in line with the first few vehicles that got on island.

An amazing number of huge old trees came down. Surprisingly, most were into roadways which must have made it challenging for the City to get them cleared. Residents were not allowed back on until the bridges were inspected/found safe and all roads (public & private) passable. The sheer number of trees cut and pushed to the roadsides is astounding. I can’t say enough what a great job the City did in coordinating that effort.

Bailey’s was open by Monday late day, followed by the nearby 7-11 (which had gas), and later, Sanibel Grill. The Pecking Order remained open too. (Huge shout out to Richard Johnson at Bailey’s and his crew who had fantastic hot meals ready – breakfast, lunch, and dinner – for anyone looking for takeout.)

By Tuesday, the office had electric service back as did much of San-Cap Road and Periwinkle Way, from the school to about Island Trading Post. After that, I spent time at the “cool” office in-between checking properties and fielding phone calls and internet queries, while Dave did the same based from Ft Myers.

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 Remnants of a tree in Beachview Estates,  Par View Drive, 09-12-2017

 

With the office open every day, several have taken me up on my offer of using desk space, phone, bathroom, getting a device charged, or to grab a cold water. Unfortunately, cell and internet service was and continues be sporadic if at all, but texting and Facebook have been fairly reliable (go figure).

Most island structures came through fine – a few torn screens, flyaway shingles, fascia, soffit, and siding, but not much structural damage – or at least I didn’t see any. The vegetation and tree debris are another story, I bet landscapers and yard crews will be working at it for weeks.

Another 15 electric crews arrived Wednesday night, sleeping on island. Cut and stack crews also started work Thursday, getting the many trees ready for removal beginning Monday when a large claw truck will make two rounds of the island. Cutting and bundling normally required for vegetation pick-up are not required.

Dumpsters for pitching refrigerator/freezer waste have remained open and were continually emptied at the City boat ramp and near the recycling area by City Hall. That is one yucky job.

The entire team was without electricity at their homes. Luckily one of my neighbors flew in and texted me at the office last night to say Anchor Drive had power. This morning, I heard from Elise. Hers came on late last night too. Dave and Lisa’s came on this morning. So, now we all are happy campers. Who knew doing laundry and hearing ice cubes clink would be so great. (A Facebook friend reminded me that we need to boil the water in those cubes first. Whoops!)

Making do in the heat of Florida days was challenging, particularly for the elderly, little ones, and pets. Thanks goodness for neighborhood comradery – and the temperatures dropping at night when we all “opened up”.\

The City reported last night that electricity had been restored on the east end to the Lighthouse and that West Gulf Drive also had power, except The Rocks area. Work there was scheduled to continue today. Areas along Middle Gulf Drive were up too, with Facebook posting the good news from residents in Beachview, Beach Road, Sundial, and Spanish Cay. As far west as Gulf Pines was reported to have power too, as well as The Sanctuary. An evening City update reported that power was flickering in Gumbo Limbo due to a “loading issue”, but that LCEC was “increasing size to accommodate.”

Today debris cleanup continues, plus water sampling (still on boil water), and power restoration continues.

A boil water notice had been issued for the island and water was out in several island locations. Now, all of the island has water and the boil order has been lifted for all but drinking water.

Things are coming back slowly. I drove out to The Sanctuary this morning to check one more property and the amount of tree debris already stacked roadside there is staggering. Again, I saw no property damage.

In addition to businesses offering a respite from the heat, cooling stations and spots for recharging were open at the Sanibel Recreation Center, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, and the Center-4-Life. By Thurs, the Rec Center also was open 24 hours for sleeping and showers.

Getting gas was challenging, but the Speedway and 7-11 kept their lines moving and gas replenished as it ran out. The gal directing cars at Speedway yesterday was terrific.

There was a great joint effort yesterday at noon when Bailey’s General Store and Casa Ybel Resort joined together in the Bailey’s Center to provide a free first-class lunch to all 1st responders and contractors. The chefs from Thistle Lodge did the cooking so you know it had to be good. It’s deeds like that that make this such a great place to call home.

It was announced last night that FISH of San-Cap and the Chamber of Commerce are both open beginning today. Other good news is that South Seas Resort on Captiva which had thought it might not open until Sep 27, has updated their reopen date to Sep 20, with power on.

Unfortunately, phone (both land lines and cell) and internet service continue to be spotty. Sanibel also lost its 911 service for a period of time yesterday, but it has since been restored.

Parts of Lee County were hit much harder than here with County Commissioners yesterday declaring the county a major disaster area. A state of emergency remains in Bonita Springs. Power is coming back on slowly in many of those areas where flooding remains. Schools were scheduled to reopen on Monday, but that now has been bumped to Monday, Sep 25.

I haven’t been able to get internet service long enough to get the Multiple Listing Service Activity since our last Friday update on Sep 1, but after maybe the news article below is of interest.

Releases from Lake “O”\

According to an article in yesterday’s “News-Press”, “The Army Corps of Engineers will start releasing water from Lake Okeechobee later this week, but no water will be coming down the Caloosahatchee River, at least for now.

“Lake Okeechobee is the liquid heart of what’s left of the historic Everglades, and the lake was connected to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers in order to drain the wetlands for farming and development. The St. Lucie system will start to see water this week. The surface of the lake was 14.8’ above sea level Thursday.

““The lake has risen rapidly over the past week,” said Col. Jason Kirk, Jacksonville’s district commander. “With projected inflows, (the lake) will rise to around 17’. The outflows we will begin tomorrow morning will help stem that rise though it will not stop it. With so much of hurricane season remaining, we want to slow the rise to the extent possible so we retain storage for future events.”

“Army Corps protocols say the lake should be kept between 12.5’ and 15.5’ above sea level to protect thousands of people living south of the lake and to provide water for millions of residents and a massive agriculture industry. The Corps is not releasing water to Fort Myers because much of the area is still flooded from Hurricane Irma, which made landfall in Collier County Sunday.

At SanibelSusan Realty

Our Friday closing (from last week) didn’t occur yet (my buyer), but hopefully it will soon and the two offers we have in the works (one on a listing, one my buyer) I am hoping to fan back into life soon.

In the meantime, please know that The SanibelSusan Team is breathing a big sigh of relief and very happy to be in a community where neighbors help neighbors and strangers too.

We hope all readers weathered the storm(s) OK too and that you enjoy your weekend.

P.S. Betcha we have a flurry of business once we get things back to order. It happened after Hurricane Charley and I see no reason why it won’t happen again. Paradise is coming back to normal and will be better than ever before long.

P.P.S. & reports are that the shelling is phenomenal.

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

In Evacuation Mode for Hurricane Irma


It’s SanibelSusan with an abbreviated real estate blog today. The barrier islands have been under a voluntary evacuation order since last night, mandatory since 9 a.m. today. SanibelSusan Realty is zipped up and today, the home front, so I’m hoping to be successful in my first iPad blog post.

With Hurricane Irma now trending further west, some scary storm surges are expected, so Lee County also has issued evacuation orders.

The City has moved their point of operations to Ft Myers. Emergency trash pick-ups have gone on all day, while door-to-door City staff and volunteers have ensured all residents know about the evacuation notice and curfew (10 p.m. to 5 a.m.). Island Water also issued a boil water notice, beginning at noon tomorrow (Sat).

So, I have just taken a spin around the exterior of my home. Took these photos, which I hope are not needed for an insurance claim. The good news is there is no boat on my dock to sink, that was the exercise in 2004 with Hurricane Charley.

The team and I wish safety for all. I am moving to Plan B at Dave & Lisa’s off-island in the morning, probably followed by all of us going to Plan C in the afternoon.

P.s. We did have a little real estate news this week, Congratulations to Dave for his sale of the commercial property at 2422 Periwinkle Way (formerly She Sells Seashells). Our other closing scheduled for today is delayed due to the storm, but we have two offers in the works, one our listing, the other our sale. It’s up to Irma how those play out.

So, happy Friday to all with special wishes for safety for all dealing with hurricanes past, present, and future.

Hope I have good news to report next week. Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan.

Sanibel/Captiva Scoop – Labor Day Weekend 2017


It’s SanibelSusan reporting that Sanibel & Captiva have pretty much dried out from the three days of rain experienced last weekend. My street was flooded until Monday afternoon.

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Local area schools and City offices were closed on Monday, due mostly to flooding in off-island areas.

But, by Tuesday through today, the weather has been sunny and mostly bright with any lingering showers inland. Reports too are that the shelling has been great!

Now we are all keeping a close eye on Hurricane Irma. The end of hurricane season can’t come soon enough for me, sure still seems like the end of Nov is a long way off.

 

SanibelSusan Realty Associates

Sanibelsusan LogoThis being what often is considered the “slowest week” of the year, it was good timing for the rain, yet a real surprise to get a showing request Sunday afternoon amid the downpours. It also was a real treat to work with a couple of sisters here for their first visit – who after just two days decided they needed to look at real estate. They were leaving the island midday Monday, unfazed by the showers, already fascinated with Sanibel, and even talking of moving here.

So much fun to work with prospects who know this is the place for them – appreciating the ambience, beaches, environmental conscience here. No offers yet, but the action posted in the Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service this week, follows a few news items below.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors®

San Cap LogoNo Caravan meeting this week, but our Communications/Public Relations Committee met Tuesday morning and made plans to accelerate our Sept donation project so that we could help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. (The paragraphs below describe what we are doing and how you can help too.)

Tuesday midday, at a surprise luncheon at Casa Ybel Resort’s Thistle Lodge, our Association of Realtors® celebrated the retirement of our CEO Peggy Hummel who has been a steady stabilizing leader for our organization for many years. We hated to see her go, but appreciate that she left us in good hands. Best wishes, Peggy!

PeggyPeggy Party

NAR gray-logoRealtors® Helping Nationally The National Association of Realtors® in a broadcast email on Tues, asked members to support victims of Hurricane Harvey.

“Our hearts go out to the tens of thousands of families who have been displaced by catastrophic storms on the Texas coastline. Officials are calling Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent flooding a 500-year weather event, one of the most epic storms in our nation’s history.

“When disaster strikes, REALTORS® step up, whether that’s to deliver food, water, or other vital assistance or to donate money to those in need. That’s where the REALTORS® Relief Foundation comes in. Since its inception in 2001, the RRF has raised more than $25 million to provide mortgage and rental assistance to victims of more than 50 disasters, including wildfires, floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes. RRF is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, with administrative costs covered by the National Association of REALTORS®. That means 100% of all donations go directly to victims of disaster.

“NAR is calling on the REALTOR® family to donate funds to the foundation to support storm victims in Texas. Martin Edwards, a REALTOR® from Tennessee, serves as president of the foundation board. Martin has said, “Harvey may require our REALTOR® family’s largest effort since Hurricane Katrina—or even 9/11. Hopefully, REALTORS® across America will heed the call to donate, as on-the-ground membership in Texas will be stretched beyond belief.”

“We are asking you to join us in this effort with your personal donation to the REALTORS® Relief Foundation. You can do so in less than one minute using your credit card on our secure online form. Or you can send a check payable to RRF to REALTORS® Relief Foundation, 430 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611. Write “RRF Contribution” in the memo line.

“Please send your donation today so your contribution can reach people who need it now. Our efforts both reflect and depend on the generosity of REALTORS®. Together, let’s continue to make a difference. Thank you.”

Florida Realtors logoRealtors® Helping at State Level & Here on Sanibel & Captiva Islands – Florida Realtors® is coordinating preparation of “totes for hope” and the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® is part of that effort. We are collecting the following travel-sized items which will be individually packaged into Ziplock® bags – with one item in each bag.

Shipments to Houston begin today and will continue through next Friday, so please drop any donations off before Wed, Sept 6 at The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® Office at 2353 Periwinkle Way, Suite 201 (located upstairs over Finnimore’s Cycle Shop, in the building behind Winds).Sanibel realtors logo

My hard-working always-willing-to-help Communication/Publications Committee members will work bagging them on Wed afternoon, after which the bags will travel to the Naples Board of Realtors® which is the drop-off point for our Southwest Florida District.

  • Adhesive Bandages
  • Safety Pins
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental Floss
  • Deodorant
  • Body wash
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Disposable Razors
  • Shaving Cream
  • Combs/Brushes
  • Small Bars of Soap/Body Wash
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Pocket Tissues
  • Lotion
  • Mouthwash
  • Lip Balm.

Flooded Homes Can Be Fixed But…

realtor.comThis timely article was posted by Realtor.com on Tuesday, Aug 29, 2017:

“As Hurricane Harvey moves off the coastline of Texas, it’s leaving massive flooding in its wake that has destroyed homes and businesses.

“Until the floodwaters recede, cleanup efforts are mostly on hold. But remediation companies say they’re ready to jump into action as soon as they’re able. In preparation for the undertaking, here are a few important items to share about repairing a flooded home, compiled by realtor.com®.

“Time is of the essence.

A home that has been flooded does not need to be torn down, but the water does need to be removed quickly. Truck-mounted vacuums with 2,000 horsepower and dehumidifiers can extract moisture from furniture, hardwood, tile, and Sheetrock. But Robyn Kent, a claims administrator at Dalworth Restoration in Euless, Texas, says the most important element is getting it cleaned up quickly: “Closer to the three- to five-day mark is when it becomes questionable, since by then, all the materials have become fragile.”

“Mold is the real issue.

“One of the biggest problems—especially in Houston in the summer—is going to be mold,” Tyler Drew, a Los Angeles real estate professional and investor, told realtor.com®. “The longer a house sits with water, the worse the mold infestation. Affected areas have to be removed, the wood and concrete treated with anti-mold agents, and all of this has to be done after the house is sealed, in order to prevent the infestation from spreading and sickening people.”

“Repair costs can escalate.

“Drying off a 2,000-square-foot house in normal conditions may cost more than $2,500, while in situations like Harvey is producing, the job scope expands quickly—and so will costs,” says Peter Duncanson, director of operations and safety with ServiceMaster Restore. Flood insurance may cover the cost of repairs, but it depends on what type of insurance the owner has. Standard homeowner’s insurance policies don’t typically cover flooding inside a home, and many in Houston don’t have flood insurance.”

Labor Day Weekend Closure

ding darling goose logoThe “Ding” Darling Visitor & Education Center will be closed on Monday, Sep 4, in observance of Labor Day.

Wildlife Drive and Tarpon Bay Explorers will remain open during usual operating hours.

Refuge and DDWS offices will also be closed on Monday.

Restaurant clip artRestaurant Vacation Closings 2017

Many have asked about what restaurants will be closed and when. Here is the summary posted on the Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce website:

Restaurant Vacation Closings 2017*

Restaurant                                                             Closing             Reopen

Bleu Rendez‐Vous French Bistro                       Sun, 8/27          Thu, 10/5

Blue Coyote Supper Club                                    Sun, 9/3            Tue, 10/3

Blue Giraffe Island Dining                                 Mon, 9/11         Sat, 9/16

Cheeburger Cheeburger                                     Mon, 8/28         Fri, 9/1

Cip’s Place                                                              Closed 9/4, then, 9/ 5‐10/1: No Lunch

Dairy Queen                                                          Mon, 9/11         Fri, 9/15

East End Deli                                                         Summer Hours 10 am‐2 pm

Gramma Dot’s                                                       Tues, 9/5          Thur, 9/28

Island Pizza Company                                         Wed, 9/6           **Wed, 9/27 estimated**

Joey’s Custard                                                        Sun, 9/10          Mon,10/2

Lighthouse Café (Sanibel)                                   Tues, 9/5          Sun, 9/10

Over Easy Café                                                       Mon, 9/11         Fri, 9/22

Rosie’s Café & Grill                                                Mon, 9/25         Fri, 10/6

Sanibel Sweet Shoppe                                           Closed Sat, Sun, Mon starting Sept

Schnapper Hots                                                      Mon, 8/21         Thurs 11/16 closing at 4 pm

Sweet Melissa’s                                                       Sun, 9/10          Tues, 10/3

The Clam Shack                                                      Mon, 9/11         Mon, 9/18

The Sandbar                                                            Mon, 8/22         Thur, 9/29

Traders                                                                     Sat, 9/2             Tues, 10/3

Traditions on the Beach                                        Closed 9/4

* Subject to change

30% of Luxury Deals Are ‘Suspicious’

CNBC_Logo_FlatInteresting article posted Wed at Realtor®Mag online this week, sourced to CNBC (Aug 24, 2017):

“A new watchdog program designed to monitor real estate deals involving shell companies has found that the buyers in 30% of high-end deals were linked to “suspicious activity,” the Treasury Department reported this week. Federal officials are now expanding the program, which aims to prevent money laundering by overseas buyers who use shell companies to mask their identities.

“The program, called the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, focuses on major markets that attract a high volume of international buying activity, including New York, Miami, and Los Angeles. Officials this week added Honolulu to the list. The program is monitoring wire transfers of funds as well as cash deals.

““This could have a chilling effect,” Redfin chief economist Nela Richardson told CNBC. “That very high end of the market is the most vulnerable to these issues. If a lot of foreign buyers were parking their money in high-end real estate and that much of it is tainted, this rule will have an impact.”

“Under FinCEN, title insurance companies must determine the identities of shell company owners who are making cash real estate purchases at certain price points—usually more than $1 million. The Treasury Department then determines whether those shell companies have been flagged on lists of suspicious activity. FinCEN focuses on transactions worth more than $3 million in New York, $2 million in California and Hawaii, and $1 million in Florida, among other price points and locations.

““Through this advisory and other outreach to the private sector, FinCEN, [the real estate] industry, and law enforcement will be better positioned to protect the real estate markets from serving as a vehicle to launder illicit proceeds,” FinCEN acting director Jamal El-Hindi told CNBC.”

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity August 25-September 1, 2017

sancap GO MLS logoSanibel

CONDOS

2 new listings: Sanibel Siesta #303 2/2 $529K, Pointe Santo #C42 2/2 $949K.

1 price change: Captains Walk #A8 2/2 now $358K.

4 new sales: Tarpon Beach #103 2/2 listed at $749K, Sundial East #O405 2/2 listed at $1.0995M, Sanddollar #A303 3/2 listed at $1.349M, Royale Tern #103 3/3.5 listed at $1.675M.

2 closed sales: Loggerhead Cay #371 2/2 $497K, Gulf Beach #102 2/2 $790K (our listing).

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Path from Gulf Beach

 

HOMES

4 new listings: 2539 Coconut Dr 2/2 $678K, 8995 Mockingbird Dr 3/3.5 $895K, 1396 Tahiti Dr 4/3 $898K, 2462 Wulfert Rd 4/4.5 $1.799M.

4 price changes: 5305 Umbrella Pool Rd 3/2 now $579K; 673 East Rocks 3/2 now $709,888; 2939 Wulfert Rd 5/5/2 now $1.495M; 1206 Bay Dr 4/4.5 now $3.674M.

6 new sales: 1550 Bunting Ln 2/2.5 listed at $644K, 1295 Par View Dr 3/2 listed at $675K, 474 Lake Murex Cir 3/2 listed at $689K, 732 Windlass Way 4/3.5 listed at $1.195M, 984 Oyster Ct 3/3.5 listed at $1.65M, 2379 Wulfert Rd 4/4.5 listed at $1.695M.

3 closed sales: 9113 Mockingbird Dr 3/3.5 $500K, 1237 Isabel Dr 5/6.5 $1.857M, 390 Old Trail Rd 4/4.5 $2M.

LOTS

1 new listing: 1800 Woodring Rd $2.825M.

2 price changes: 1912 Ibis Ln now $250K, 3013 Poinciana Cir now $259.9K.

No new sales.

1 closed sale: 2441 & 2453 Los Colony Rd $150K. 

Captiva

CONDOS

No new listings, price changes, or new sales.

1 closed sale: Tennis Villas #3117 1/1.5 $265K.

HOMES

1 new listing: 16525 Captiva Dr 3/3 $1.995M.

No price changes or new sales.

3 closed sales: 43 Oster Ct 2/2.5 $812.5K, 16979 Captiva Dr 7/6.5 $3.2M, 1119 Schefflera Ct 4/3.5 $4.3M.

LOTS

Nothing to report.

(This representation is based, in whole, or in part, on data supplied by the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® or its Multiple Listing Service. Neither the association nor its MLS guarantees or is in any way responsible for its accuracy. Data maintained by the association or its MLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market. The information provided represents general real estate activity in the community and does not imply that SanibelSusan Realty Associates is participating or participated in these transactions.)

LaborDaySignIf you have any island real estate needs, SanibelSusan is working right through the holiday weekend.

Laboring on Labor Day is not really work, if it’s doing what you love!

Enjoy your weekend!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

A Little Soggy Today in the Neighborhood


SanibelSusan here. Today the islands are feeling the effects of what forecasters are calling swirling weather patterns associated with a tropical wave which poses a threat for localized flooding across Southwest Florida today. Heavy downpours began Wednesday afternoon and have been sporadic so far, but the chance of rain is predicted at 100% right through the weekend. It finally drops to a 20% chance on Wednesday. On the upside, the temperatures are down into the high 70’s/low 80’s and the vegetation is lush.

With the ground already saturated, flash flooding warnings have been issued for Lee and Charlotte counties until 8 p.m. tonight. This wave is not related to Hurricane Harvey which is poised to slam the Gulf coast of Texas, but it nonetheless probably helped bring the greater-than-normal rain throughout the day.

Before a few news items, here is a photo shared with me earlier this month. Look who walked by and caught him by surprise when he was at his island home. (You’ve gotta be fast with an iPhone. Thanks for sharing, Scott.)

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Florida Realtors 101st Annual Convention/Trade Show & Governance Meetings

2017 Convention LogoSorry I missed posting a blog last Friday. While in Orlando at the Florida Realtors® Annual Convention and Governance Meetings, it was great to play a part in the productive educational sessions Tues/Wed/Thurs, followed by committee meetings Fri/Sat, and ending with the Board of Directors meeting Sunday morning.

There are a lot of events, networking, and real work crammed into a few days so I always enjoy the drive back home when it is nice to get out in the fresh air again and rethink the week’s accomplishments.

2017 Sanibel Gang at Awards Luncheon

The Sanibel/Captiva gang at the Florida Realtors 2017 Awards Luncheon

 

I’ve seen lots of changes in the industry during the 20+ years that I have been involved in the state leadership team. Hot topics now are cybercrime, wire fraud, copyright infringement, automated valuation models, paperless transactions, social media advertising, artificial intelligence, and drones.

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Speaking at Florida Realtors Capital Club Luncheon – Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis (with his handsome sons)

Though the real estate markets vary from one area of Florida to another, much of our work and problems are common. Staying involved in problem-solving and solution-sharing is key in staying ahead of the many changes that technology continually brings to this business.2017 Education Ambassador

 

Here are a few fun facts about Florida Realtors®:

  • Florida Realtors® is the 2nd largest state Realtor® organization in the country.
  • It is 170,000 members strong (in 2017)
  • It began in 1916 and now covers 13 districts, 54 local boards, and has 130+ employees.
  • In 2016, 61% of membership was female and averaged 52 years old. Members had an average of 10 years of experience and completed 9 transactions. They closed nearly 400,000 sales with over $105 billion in dollar volume.
  • In 2016 in Florida, there were $19.4 billion in international sales. The largest fraction of foreign buyers (39%) were from Latin America & the Caribbean. The top 5 countries of foreign buyers in Florida were: Canada, Brazil, Venezuela, United Kingdom, & Argentina.
  • In 2017, Florida Realtors® PAC successfully supported legislation that passed the first-ever cap on community association fees for estoppel certificates.

Because of the size of our local organization, the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® only has two voting Directors at the state. There were 561 Florida Directors voting on Sunday. I was honored to be one of them, along with our 2017 Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® President, Joel Goodman.2017 BoardYou can find more info about Florida Realtors® at FloridaRealtors.org.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors®

Sanibel realtors logoYesterday was the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® August General Membership Meeting followed by biweekly Caravan. Once again, like two weeks ago, the meeting was well attended, but not much real estate action was announced. Our new listing at Spanish Cay was one of only two properties on the following Open House Caravan.

The speakers for the General Membership Meeting included a panel of four rental managers from ReMax of the Island Vacation Rentals, Royal Shell Vacations, SBL Vacations, and VIP Vacation Rentals. They fielded such questions as:

  • Who handles the prorations of rental income when a property sells? The rental managers do, this is not something that normally is handled by a title company since it’s not a physical part of the real estate.
  • How do you handle requests for showings when a property is listed for sale? Most of the managers prefer to make the showing appointments and only when requested by the Listing Agent. Particularly “in season”, when requests may be frequent, Listing Agents may want to ensure that the request is to a “serious prospect” before bothering a long-term tenant. VIP prefers that the Listing Agent calls the tenant so they can control who goes in/out.
  • Has the rental business increased or decreased? Some mentioned that particularly with homes, inventory is less than it was some years ago. Many in the large baby boomer population who purchased and rented before retirement are now using the property themselves.
  • Have rental rates increased? In most cases yes, but it’s often dependent on a property and its upgrades. The “best” properties are booked a year in advance with repeat longer-term bookings preferred. Particularly for reservations in Feb and Mar, they should be booked a year ahead.

SanibelSusan Realty Associates

While away, I fielded some phone and email inquiries about a few of our listings. Then, this week, we got another new listing. It is a Sunset South top-floor riverside expanded 2 bedroom with elevator, garage & large private storeroom – a great opportunity for a buyer looking for easy residential living with gulf access, natural views, and handy to the causeway. Well priced too at $499,900 (view shown in first photo below).

Several of our listings were shown this week and a couple of showings are scheduled as next week many rental properties are vacant. The action posted in the Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service since August 11 (two week’s worth of info) is posted after a few news items below.

The islands are coming up on what some of the retail establishments say is traditionally the slowest week of the year. Many communities only allow construction projects in September so it could be a few quiet weeks with schools back in session and the rainy season in full swing. It is a good time to view property though. Some say, the best time to secure real estate before “season”.

Sanibel Fresh

Sanibel Fresh 08-24-17If you are looking to try some place new, “Sanibel Fresh” opened yesterday in the former location of Bennett’s Fresh Roast at 1020 Periwinkle Way. Open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m., their motto on their Facebook logo says “Healthy food for a happy you”.

We haven’t tried it yet, but our pals say it’s “great”.

Call for Action

NFIPWithout Congressional action by September 30, 2017, authority for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will expire. If NFIP lapses, more than 40,000 real estate transactions per month will be in jeopardy. The National Association of Realtors® has issued a call for action and made it easy for you to urge your member of Congress to pass “The 21st Century Flood Reform Act” H.R. 2874 as soon as possible.

H.R. 2874 contains several provisions of critical importance:

  • Reauthorizes NFIP for a full 5 years, avoiding the uncertainty of short-term extensions and potential shutdowns.
  • Caps NFIP rates at $10,000 per year for property owners.
  • Directs FEMA to develop more granular rate tables, to ensure fewer properties are overcharged
  • Sets aside $1 billion for flood mitigation assistance grants.

And increases access to private market flood insurance. Please follow this link to Take Action

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity August 11-25, 2017

Sanibel

CONDOS

3 new listings: Sunset South #6D 2/2 $499.9K (our listing), Sundial East #O405 2/2 $1.0995M, Sanddollar #A101 2/2 $1.195M.

3 price changes: Seashells #40 2/2 now $359.9K, Ibis at The Sanctuary #B102 2/2 now $449.9K (our listing) (photos below), Ibis at The Sanctuary #B302 2/2 now $468.5K.

4 new sales: Ibis at The Sanctuary #B201 2/2 listed at $475K, Sanibel Moorings #931 2/2 listed at $550K, Sanctuary Golf Villages I #6-2 2/2.5 listed at $649K, Lighthouse Point #327 3/2 listed at $849K.

4 closed sales: Spanish Cay #B6 2/2 $380K, Blind Pass #F210 2/2 $444K, Blind Pass #B105 2/2 $450K, Sanibel Arms West #I3 2/2 $519K.

HOMES

5 new listings: 982 Main St 3/2.5 $489K, 4542 Bowen Bayou Rd 3/2 $578K, 1724 Bunting Ln 3/4 $985K, 1304 Eagle Run Dr 3/3 now $1,099,995; 411 Bella Vista Way 3/4 half-duplex $2.495M, 3945 West Gulf Dr 3/3 $3.195M.

7 price changes: 3021 Singing Wind Dr 3/2 now $499K; 5306 Ladyfinger Lake Rd 3/2 now $589K; 673 East Rocks 3/2 now $715,888; 3354 Barra Cir 3/2 now $875K; 673 East Rocks 3/2 now $725,988; 5075 Joewood Dr 4/4.5 now $3.25M.

6 new sales: 982 Main St 3/2.5 listed at $489K, 2150 Egret Cir 3/2 listed at $524.9K, 981 Sand Castle Rd 3/2.5 listed at $549K, 1311 Sand Castle Rd 4/4.5 listed at $799K, 655 Anchor Dr 3/3 listed at $749K, 1272 Isabel Dr 4/4.5 listed at $3.45M.

1 closed sale: 981 Main St 4/2.5 $625K.

LOTS

No new listings.

2 price changes: 3354 Barra Cir now $399K, 4115 Sanibel-Captiva Rd now $799K.

No new or closed sales.

Captiva

CONDOS

1 new listing: Beach Villas #5228 1/2 $433.5K.

No price changes.

2 new sales: Beach Villas #2517 1/1 listed at $497.5K, Beach Villas #2623 1/1 listed at $530K.

HOMES

No new listings or price changes.

1 new sale: 11500 Chapin Ln 4/4.5 listed at $1.795M.

No closed sales.

LOTS

Nothing to report.

(This representation is based, in whole, or in part, on data supplied by the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® or its Multiple Listing Service. Neither the association nor its MLS guarantees or is in any way responsible for its accuracy. Data maintained by the association or its MLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market. The information provided represents general real estate activity in the community and does not imply that SanibelSusan Realty Associates is participating or participated in these transactions.)

Until next Friday, I hope you enjoy your weekend & stay dry. That’s the plan here!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

Gearing Up for Florida Realtors


Here it is, the end of another quiet week on Sanibel Island. Local schools started up again yesterday so though the hot weather continues, the feeling is that summer is over.

2017-08-08 Lighthouse beach log

Florida Realtors® 101st Annual Convention/Trade Show & Governance Meetings

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Next week are Florida Realtors® 101st Annual Convention/Trade Expo & Governance Meetings in Orlando. The convention schedule changed this year to encourage more attendance in the educational sessions by combining them into Wednesday and Thursday and pushing the Governance meetings into Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Though that shortens the number of days away for some, many of the leadership team will be there for six days. Thankfully today’s technology allows business to continue from any location and having a great team back at the office, ensures it.

Tuesday, SanibelSusan will be sitting on one of the Instructors’ Audition Panels. That is where about 40 state Professional Development Committee members will hear instructors hoping to be approved to teach Florida Realtors®-approved classes. Those trying out could be 1st time instructors or already-approved teachers wanting to expand their curriculum. It’s an all-day event, with four audition panels each hearing eight presentations. My panel will rate teachers for the Realtors Institute as well as some teaching sales contract basics, international real estate, pricing in a competitive market, and continuing education classes. I have served on these panels many times and it’s always a long, but fun and productive day.

Wednesday/Thursday I will serve as an Education Ambassador during some educational sessions. Then, when the state governance committees meet Friday, you will find me at the Legislative Think Tank, followed by the Resort/2nd Home Group.

On Saturday, the Professional Development Committee meets and our District Caucus from Southwest Florida shares their input from their various committee meetings in preparation for the upcoming Board of Directors Meeting.  Sunday morning I am honored to be one of the Sanibel & Captiva Association’s two voting members at the BOD meeting.

No convention is all work, so many Realtors® including me, also are looking forward to hearing the opening session speaker, Daymond John (of “SharkTank” fame) on “Branding & Entrepreneurial Strategies”. The closing session speaker is George Blankenship (former executive at Tesla, Apple, & The Gap) who will talk about “The Customer Experience”.

In between, there is an Awards Luncheon with performers from Cirque Dreams and a few events for PAC major investors, including a luncheon with speech by Jimmy Patronis, Florida’s new Chief Financial Officer. Did I mention the evening Tailgate Party and fun with Party on the Moon (American’s #1 Dance Band)?

Seriously, lots of work gets accomplished, the networking is terrific, and even though this annual event is always in the “off season”, our listings usually get an offer while I’m away. The SanibelSusan Team and I are hoping this year is no exception. Teammates David, Elise, and Lisa will be covering things on the island, while I will have all of my techno-gadgets with me.

Sanibel-Captiva Islands Association of Realtors

Sanibel realtors logoThough yesterday’s biweekly Caravan Meeting was well attended, there sure was not much announced. Our new listing at Captains Walk was the only property on the following Open House Caravan.

Our new listing at Spanish Cay was one of the few new listings announced and I also recognized Realtor® Anna Turner for selling our listing in Lake Murex that closed this week.

It also was a great opportunity to thank the Association’s generous and hard-working colleagues for their support in the many charitable projects our Communications and Public Relations Committee has spearheaded this summer. If you read the local papers or follow us on Facebook, you’ve probably seen our latest press release with photos.

The action posted this week in the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service is after a few news items below.

SCCF “Stormy Weather, Hurricanes, Waterspouts, & Lightning”

SCCF logoIf you are on-island next week, on August 14, SCCF’s Education Director Kristie Anders will explain how weather impacts Southwest Florida. Her “stormy weather, hurricanes, waterspouts, and lightning” presentation originally designed for Realtors® to help with hurricane preparation, has evolved into more about the science behind these storms. Be at SCCF’s Nature Center on Mon at 10 a.m. to hear her presentation.

Sanibel Communities for Clean Water (SCCW) Program

logo-v2As reported in the “Island Sun” this week, “Last month, the City of Sanibel officially launched a new interactive website created for the Sanibel Communities for Clean Water (SCCW) Program, established to educate island residents about water quality in their individual communities and provide science-based solutions to how to cost-effectively improve water quality.

“The idea of the SCCW program, which was based off the data gathered during the Sanibel Community Lakes Baseline Water Quality Study, was conceived by the City’s Natural Resources Department working in partnership with the SCCF Marine Lab. Five weeks ago, the website – www.sanibelcleanwater.org – went live.

“According to Dana Dettmar, the City’s Environmental Specialist who oversaw the development of the website, the Sanibel Community Lakes Baseline Water Quality Study was part of Phase 3 of the City’s Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) to help identify nutrient hotspots o Sanibel.

“”The first two phases of the CNMP helped to point out gaps in the data that needed to be addressed,” said Dettmar. “One of the gaps that needed to be further explored was the surface water data of on-island freshwater lakes, ponds, and storm-water catchments.”

“On the website’s homepage, it explains that eutrophication – the excessive richness of nutrients in a lake or other body of water, frequently caused by runoff from the land – is both a local and global issue.

“”Your impact on the island’s water quality begins in your backyard,” the website states. “Activities like fertilizing your lawn adds excess nutrients, nitrogen and phosphorus, to storm-water runoff and groundwater. These nutrients can then enter lakes, ponds canals, the Sanibel Slough and the Gulf.”

“As excess nutrients accumulate in the ecosystem, they can cause an unnatural increase in nutrient concentrations. Excess nutrients stimulate the growth of algae and aquatic nuisance plants. As a result, water clarity is decreased, availability of oxygen to aquatic organisms is limited, and fish die in large numbers.

“Website users simply select their individual neighborhood, which then directs them to that community’s own page. Each of Sanibel’s 72 neighborhoods (with lakes, ponds, etc.) is ranked by the level of concern, with an accompanying data summary of information…. The page also offers recommended actions…. The Natural Resources Department is also planning to hold community lake management workshops this fall and winter to discuss the program and various… practices that can be implemented to improve water quality….”

4 Quick Fixes Sellers Should Avoid

House logic logoA few helpful tips in the “Daily Real Estate News” reported at Realtor®Mag on-line on August 2, 2017.

“It’s often a mad dash when sellers are working to get their home on the market or even to just clean up ahead of a showing. But some common cleanup tools can actually do more damage than many people realize. HouseLogic identified a few common products that can create big problems, so you can be the expert your clients need and help them protect their investments.

“1. Bleach is a common cure-all, but this caustic chemical can eat through the sealant on stone surfaces, discolor laminate and grout, fade enamel and acrylic tubs, dissolve linoleum, and corrode seals in a garbage disposal. While it does kill mold on nonporous surfaces, it can create a future feeding ground for mold on absorbent and porous materials, such as grout. Instead, advise clients to use water and vinegar or a commercial antifungal product for major cleanup jobs.

“2. It may seem obvious to note that glass cleaner is for glass, but many home owners use it for a multitude of surfaces. This can lead to what’s known as “black edge” on mirrors, where the liquid seeps beneath the reflective backing and lifts it. Instead, a lint-free microfiber cloth dampened with warm water does wonders to clean and protect mirrors in expensive installed items such as vanities and closet doors, as long as homeowners avoid the edges and dry immediately with a second cloth.

“3. Mulch offers a simple alternative to weeding, but it’s easy to overdo it. A layer thicker than 3” can suffocate plants and prevent water from reaching roots, so encourage homeowners to spread thoughtfully.

“4. Slow drains are an annoyance, but a busted pipe could derail your sale. Caution sellers against using drain cleaners that contain hydrochloric acid and sulfuric acid, which can erode plumbing. Even the old baking soda-and-vinegar medley can create cracks, as the chemical reaction causes a build-up of pressure. Old-fashioned “mechanical” methods—plungers, drain snakes, or a handy $2 gadget called the Zip-It—are safer and more effective, according to Consumer Reports.”

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service sancap GO MLS logoActivity August 4-11, 2017

Sanibel

CONDOS

5 new listings: Captains Walk #B2 1/1 $274K (our listing) photos below, Sanibel Arms West #G8 2/2 $499K, Sandpiper Beach #501 2/2 $695K, Lighthouse Point #327 3/2 $849K, Sanibel Moorings #1221 3/2.5 $1.195M.

No price changes:

1 new sale: Blind Pass #B105 2/2 listed at $464.9K.

No closed sales.

HOMES

2 new listings: 1327 Tahiti Dr 2/2 $634.5K, 1314 Par View Dr 3/2 $899K.

6 price changes: 9459 Begonia Ct ¾ now $639K, 1550 Bunting Ln 2/2.5 now $644K, 3784 Coquina Dr 3/3 now $649.9K, 1807 Buckthorn Ln 3/2 now $685K, 1672 Hibiscus 3/2 now $1,249,995, 1743 Venus Dr 4/3.5 now $1.675M.

4 new sales: 9113 Mockingbird Dr 3/3.5 listed at $599,999, 587 Sea Oats Dr 3/2 listed at $685K, 732 Windlass Way 4/3.5 listed at $1.195M, 750 Periwinkle Way 5/4 listed at $1.75M..

6 closed sales: 1212 Par View Dr 2/2 $515K, 376 Lake Murex Blvd 3/2 $525K, 1918 Ibis Ln 3/3 $610K, 625 Lake Murex Cir 3/2.5 $640K (our listing), 5056 Joewood Dr. 3/2 $718K, 6494 San-Cap Rd 3/2 $1.68M.

LOTS

1 new listing: 1340 Eagle Run $299K.

1 price change: 5251 Indian Ct now $744K.

No new sales & no closed sales.

Captiva

CONDOS

1 new listing: Marina Villas #601 2/2 $785K

No price changes.

1 new sale: Lands End Village #1614 3/3 listed at $2.575M. No closed sales.

HOMES

No new listings, price changes or new sales.

1 closed sale: 14980 Binder Dr 4/3 $1.05M.

LOTS.

Nothing to report.

(This representation is based, in whole, or in part, on data supplied by the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® or its Multiple Listing Service. Neither the association nor its MLS guarantees or is in any way responsible for its accuracy. Data maintained by the association or its MLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market. The information provided represents general real estate activity in the community and does not imply that SanibelSusan Realty Associates is participating or participated in these transactions.)

Until next Friday, I hope you enjoy your weekend!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

2017-08-07 beach nest