Sanibel & Captiva Sunshine, Real Estate, Property Values, Climate Control, & More…

The wonderful sunny Sanibel/Captiva weather continues, and it was another good week for SanibelSusan with in/out repair surgery yesterday on my torn meniscus. Amazing how the fix-up was quick and easy at Orthopedic Specialists of SW FL Center for Specialized Surgery, followed by PT this morning at Island Therapy (right next door to SanibelSusan Realty). Highly recommend both facilities as I am already back at work and on to real estate news.

At Sanibel Susan Realty

Tues, pre-surgery, I taught the Resort & 2nd-Home Module of the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Specialist Designation at the islands’ Association of Realtors®. With attendees both in person & via Zoom, it was fun to again have a live audience. (Last year, with COVID, it was only offered via Zoom.) Thanks to all who participated & Association staff, CEO Bill Robinson & Education Director Megan Rose, who made it easy. It was great to have a mix of newbies, long-time Realtors, all island-lovers with different life stories, yet eager to keep learning. Their input makes teaching fun!

Our office condo listing (White Sands #23) closed yesterday. Thanks to Realtor Kate Helman who sold this and recently another of our condo listings. Her excellent follow-up is appreciated. Great efforts also from David Wright & his crew at Sanibel-Captiva Community Bank, Cameron Anholt at Royal Shell Vacation Rentals, Patience Rodriguez at Select Vacation Properties, Michelle Landl at Knight Barry Title, Carol McCarley at Noak & Company CPA, and teammates Dave, Elise, and Lisa. Like with a knee, a real estate transaction can take a village. Teamwork makes the dream work!

After a couple of other news items below is the action this week in the Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service.

High Flood-Risk Homes Sell for More Than Low-Risk

Posted Wed on FloridaRealtors, by Kerry Smith: “SEATTLE – A study of flood-risk and home values suggests that concerns over climate change haven’t affected the value of property that’s located in a high-risk flood zone. It appears to be true even though consumers have greater access to flooding information via online listing advertising websites.

“In the first quarter of 2021, the median sale price of homes with high flood risk was $402,010, compared with $353,783 for homes with low flood risk, according to a new report from Redfin. That means high-risk homes sold for a record 13.6% premium – up from a premium of 10.1% in the first quarter of 2020 and up from a premium of 7.2% in the first quarter of 2019.

“Since 2013, homes with a high flood risk have sold, on average, for about 7% more than homes with low flood risk, likely because many of them are luxury waterfront properties. That premium surged during the coronavirus pandemic when many wealthy homebuyers started eyeing oceanfront or lakefront houses outside of major cities.

“”Americans are buying the beach houses they always dreamed of because they have the flexibility to work from wherever they want,” says Redfin Senior Economist Sheharyar Bokhari. “While flood risk is intensifying in many parts of the country, it doesn’t seem to be a deal breaker for a lot of homebuyers. This may be because buyers aren’t aware they’re purchasing a home in a flood plain or just don’t view it as an immediate danger. Places with high flood risk are also often home to large concentrations of retirees, many of whom don’t see climate change as a threat they need to worry about in their lifetime. Florida is one example.”

“Redfin and other real estate websites have started sharing property-level flood risk data online to help house hunters determine if the homes they’re interested in are located in flood plains and whether they should purchase flood insurance.

“Places prone to flooding are also seeing stronger growth in home sales. Sales of high-flood-risk homes rose 18.6% year over year in the first quarter – about double the 9.6% gain in sales of low-flood-risk homes.

“In Jacksonville, homebuyers often inquire about flood risk, but it virtually never causes them to back out, says local Redfin real estate agent Heather Kruayai. Jacksonville has two waterways running through it, and about 43,000 properties have a high flood risk, according to First Street Foundation’s Flood Factor. “If you buy a home on the water in Florida, flooding is just something that comes with the territory. Most buyers understand that,” Kruayai says. “A lot of out-of-state buyers have been moving here during the pandemic and purchasing waterfront properties, but there are also locals looking for space to spread out because the city has become so congested.” Kruayai says that flood risk isn’t even a strong negotiating factor if buyers hope to snag a lower price. “Even if you wanted to … you’d have a tough time because we’re in such a hot seller’s market.”

“Low-risk flood-zone homes do have one price advantage, however. Prices have gone up for all homes regardless of flood risk, but homes in low-risk zones are more likely to finalize a price higher than the owner’s asking price.

In the first quarter of 2021, 47.2% of low-flood-risk homes sold for more than their list price, compared with 37.4% of high-flood-risk homes. That 9.8-percentage-point gap is the largest on records dating back to 2013.

Overall, properties with low flood risk typically cost less than properties with high risk because they’re less likely to be on the beach or have any kind of waterfront view, Bokhari explained. Because low-risk properties are more affordable, they also face more competition, which means buyers are more likely to bid up the prices.”

Estimated Island Taxable Property Values Up 

Early preliminary property tax values for Sanibel and Captiva have increased over 2020 according to an article posted in the Jun 9, 2021 “Islander”. It says, “The Lee County Property Appraiser’s Office released its estimated tax roll values on Jun 3, which indicate a 2,57% increase for the city of Sanibel and a 6.3% increase for Captiva as part of unincorporated Lee County. The official numbers will come out by July 1, then will be sent to Tallahassee for approval…” (Betcha those numbers next month are higher.)

Working Group Seeks To Make Sanibel a Model in Climate Policy

Also, in this week’s “Islander”: “On May 21, Lee County Chapter of the Climate Reality Project co-founder Bob Moore and Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Environmental Policy Director James Evans hosted the first meeting of the Renewable Energy Working Group, according to SCCF.

“The meeting brought together a collection of civic leaders, businesspeople, climate activists, and educators to discuss opportunities to address climate change through renewable energy policies. “The aim of this group is to make Sanibel a model for climate policy, similar to the way the Sanibel Plan has been a model for sustainable community development,” Evans said…. “By combining efforts across Charlotte, Lee, and Collier counties, we will be able to capitalize on the expertise of … members and educate a wider range….”, Evans said.” Stay tuned.

Olivia McMurray Goes to Olympic Trials

Shout-out to island Realtor Mike McMurray and family, especially daughter Olivia who travels to Nebraska next week for the U.S. swimming trials for the Olympics. Olivia is a 2021 graduate of Fort Myers High School and eight-time Florida state high school champion. She will compete in six swim events with hopes of securing a spot if not in the next Olympics in Tokyo, perhaps the one after in Paris. Whatever the outcome, Olivia already is a success and her friends in SW FL are rooting for her and her proud family. 

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity June 4-11, 2021

Sanibel

CONDOS

4 new listings: Mariner Pointe #323 2/2.5 $549K, Coquina Beach #2B 2/2 $595K, Sanibel Inn #3511 2/2 $695K, Pointe Santo #A26 2/2 $1.35M.

No price changes.

1 new sale: Gulfside Place #124 2/2 listed at $1.385M.

8 closed sales: Sanibel Arms #1/1 $335K, Sundial #C409 1/1 $485K, Sandpebble #1D 2/2 $540K, Sanibel Arms West #I2 2/2 $599K, Sundial #C303 2/2 $690K, Pointe Santo #E3 2/2 $787K, Sanddollar #B101 2/2 $1.05M, White Sands #23 2/2 $1.05M (our listing).

HOMES

5 new listings: 1826 Farm Trl 3/2 $849K, 633 Lake Murex Cir 3/3 $1.299M, 917 Pepper Tree Pl 4/3 $1.349M, 737 Periwinkle Way 3/3 $2.3M, 856 Limpet Dr 4/2.5 $2.45M.

2 price changes: 4506 Bowen Bayou Rd 3/2 now $819K, 1146 Golden Olive Ct 5/4 now $3.099M.

7 new sales: 1737 Serenity Ln 3/2 listed at $635K, 1376 Jamaica Dr 2/2 listed at $699K, 4505 Bowen Bayou Rd 3/3 listed at $729K, 1371 Tahiti Dr 2/2 listed at $839K, 1025 S. Yachtsman Dr 3/1.5 listed at $850K, 1426 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 listed at $1.15M, 1218 Ferry Rd 3/2 listed at $1.23M

7 closed sales: 3031 Poinciana Cir 3/3 $690K, 9456 Beverly Ln 3/2 $735K, 1186 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 $835K, 1117 Captains Walk St 2/2 $857K, 1743 Jewel Box Dr 3/3.5 $1.35M, 9445 Beverly Ln 4/3 $1.43M, 950 Victoria Way 4/4 $2.06M.

LOTS

No new listings.

1 price change: 5648 Baltusrol Ct now $338.9K.

No new sales.

4 closed sales: 971 Main St $200K, 9056 Mockingbird Dr $349K, 6505 Pine Ave $675K, 6519 Pine Ave $725K.

Captiva

CONDOS

No new listings, price changes, or new sales.

1 closed sale: Sunset Beach Villas #2214 2/2 $752.5K.

HOMES

No new listings.

2 price changes: 11540 Laika Ln 2/2.5 now $1.525M, 11559 Laika Ln now $7.5M.

No new sales.

1 closed sale: 41 Oster Ct 2/2.5 $1.03M.

LOTS

No new listings or price changes.

1 new sale: with contingencies: 16970 Captiva Dr listed at $4.25M.

No closed sales.

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, I hope your life is rosy too!

Enjoy your weekend! Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan