Almost Time to Get Your Island Green On

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It’s SanibelSusan reporting another week of glorious Florida winter. Several mornings had temperatures down into the 50’s, followed by afternoons in the mid-70’s. Other than the occasional stiff breezes that have brought in some red tide, it has been very nice – bright and beautiful. (The pictures above were taken noon-ish yesterday on the beach in front of West Wind Inn.) Again this week, visitors and vacationers are having fun, as the bike paths continue to be busy, especially with families.

Colleagues in the accommodation business say that the upcoming rental week (Mar 17-24) is the first in several where they have vacancies, but that probably won’t slow things down on the island as Lee County Schools are off next week. Today and tomorrow, the Lions Club Arts & Crafts Fair at The Community House, across the street from our office, will keep Periwinkle busy.

Here at SanibelSusan Realty, we’ve had both sales and good showing activity this week. The activity since last Friday, as posted in the islands Multiple Listing Service follows a couple of new items.

Lower Your Wind Insurance Premium

Rosier Insurance logo Version BNice write-up in today’s “Island Sun” by island Association of Realtors® Affiliate, Angela Larson Roehl with Rosier Insurance:

“Consider having a wind mitigation inspection done. What is a wind mitigation inspection? The wind mitigation inspection breaks down the following information for carriers to apply applicable credits:

  • Building code compliance
  • Type of roof covering
  • Roof deck attachment
  • Roof to wall attachment
  • Roof geometry
  • Secondary water resistance
  • Opening protection.

“The wind mitigation inspection has evolved over the past 10 years or so, from being a simple two-page inspection with no photos, to now being four pages that must also include color photos to substantiate the information listed on the report. Wind mitigation inspections are valid for five years.

‘So what wind mitigation credits could potentially save you money on your wind premium? If your home has any of the following:

  • Florida Building Code credit relaying the roof was completed after March 1, 2002.
  • Roof deck attachment – B or C
  • Roof to wall attachment showing either clips, single wraps, or double wraps
  • Roof style – Hip
  • Secondary water resistance
  • Class A opening protection showing all exterior openings protected for cystic pressure of a nine-pound large missile (4.5 pounds for skylights)

“Credits for each of the above mitigation features can vary depending on the carrier. It’s best to consult your insurance agent to confirm the mitigation credits your policy already is providing and to see if having a new wind mitigation inspection could assist in lowering your wind insurance premium.” You can reach Angie at

In 2006, Florida became the first state in the nation to mandate that insurance companies offer some reduction insurance costs if a wind mitigation inspection is sought and certified upon review by a qualified inspector (usually a board-certified contractor, architect or engineer). Some Florida home inspectors are certified to prepare Wind Mitigation Reports too. Ron Dehler with Horizon Inspection Service, Inc. is one, We often recommend that buyers save time and money by having a wind mitigation inspection done at the same time as their standard home inspection.

Upcoming Events

happysaintpatricksdayclwi4St Patrick’s Day Fun – tomorrow, Mar 17 – several local establishments have special events & meals planned:

  • American Legion Post 123 on San-Cap Rd – St. Patrick’s Day Celebration with corned beef & cabbage from noon to 8 p.m.
  • George & Wendy’s Sanibel Seafood Grille, 2499 Periwinkle Way, “Eat, Drink, & Be Irish”, serving corned beef & cabbage, green beer, band & more, 5 to 11:30 p.m.
  • Fish Madness at The Sanibel Grill, 703 Tarpon Bay Rd – open for lunch today through Sun, Mar 18 for March Madness, corned beef special on St. Paddy’s Day
  • Matzaluna, 1200 Periwinkle Way, featuring corned beef & cabbage pizza on St. Patrick’s Day
  • Traditions on the Beach at 3111 West Gulf Dr – St Patrick’s Day Irish menu, party favors, live music & dancing, reservations recommended, 239-472-4559

FREE Spring Concert – Tues, Mar 20 at 7:15 p.m. – Combined voices of the Shell Point Singers & the BIG ARTS Community Chorus at Shell Point’s Village Church, 7:15 p.m., tickets not required, info at 239-454-2290. (It’s also not too early to get your tickets for the BIG ARTS Chorus spring concerts Apr 4 & 5. See below.)

2018 chorus poster

What’s a Seller’s Continuing Maintenance Requirement?

Florida Realtors logoGood article posted on-line today, by Attorney Meredith Caruso who is Manager of Member Legal Communications for Florida Realtors®. She works with the state Forms Content Committee where I serve.

“Often sellers choose a contract based on the repair requirements involved. Do they use a contract that requires no repairs, like the Florida Realtors/Florida Bar “As Is” Residential Contract for Sale and Purchase (As Is FR/Bar)? Or do they prefer a repair obligation up to a specified limit, which they can do if they choose the Florida Realtors/Florida Bar Residential Contract for Sale and Purchase (FR/Bar) or Florida Realtors Contract for Residential Sale and Purchase (CRSP)?

“Either way, it’s important for both Realtors and the transaction parties to understand potential additional repair obligations contained within the contracts.

“If using the “As Is” FR/Bar contract, the seller has no obligation to make repairs based on the buyer’s inspection results. But what happens if, after the inspection period on this contract, the seller’s air conditioning unit (which was noted as “older” in the inspection report) simply stops working? With no repair obligation, can the seller simply say “too bad” to the buyer and expect the buyer to proceed to closing?

“In short, no. And here’s why: Based on the language in paragraph 11, the Property Maintenance section, excluding normal wear and tear and Casualty Loss, the seller is obligated to maintain the property including, but not limited to, the lawn, shrubbery and pool, in the condition existing as of the Effective Date of the contract.

“This means that the seller may not have repair obligations under the inspection section of the As Is FR/Bar contract, but the seller does have to keep the property in relatively the same condition it was when the parties went under contract.

“Some other examples could include a neighborhood kid accidentally hitting a ball through a window or the pool pump no longer functioning. Assuming there was no hole in the window and the pool pump functioned fine when the parties went under contract, the seller must fix those items.

“It’s important to note that this potential repair obligation also extends to contracts where the seller is obligated to make repairs pursuant to a buyer’s inspection. If using either the FR/Bar or the CRSP contract, the seller has to make any repairs up to the repair limit(s) as laid out in the contract. However, if the refrigerator stops working right before closing, the seller is also obligated to fix that as well. This is an additional repair beyond the inspection repair obligation already contained in the contract.

“Why? Because a refrigerator that isn’t working right before closing – when it was working at the time the parties went under contract – needs to be repaired based on the property maintenance language in the contracts. For the FR/Bar this is also paragraph 11; for the CRSP, this language is in paragraph 8.

While these particular sections of the contracts may not come into play very often, it’s important to know of the potential obligation just in case “things happen,” as they tend to do.”

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity March 9-16, 2018



6 new listings: Seashells #42 2/2 $379.9K, Sundial West #I404 1/1 $484K, Seawind #109 2/2.5 $530K, Loggerhead Cay #314 2/2 $569K, Pointe Santo #B21 2/2 $749K, Nutmeg Village #103 2/2 $810K.

7 price changes: Captains Walk #B2 1/1 now $239K (our listing), Sunset South #7C 2/2 now $569.5K, Kimball Lodge #303 1/2 now $595K, Compass Point #232 2/2 now $659K, Sundial East #Q404 2/2 now $949K, Tanglewood #1A 3/2 now $1.045M, Tamarind #B302 2/2 now $1.789M.

5 new sales: Tennisplace #E32 2/1 listed at $299K (our sale), Sandpebble #4D 2/2 listed at $439K, Sanibel Arms West #H2 2/2 listed at $499K, Sand Pointe #122 2/2 listed at $649K (our listing), Poinciana #3C 3/2 listed at $1.725M.

1 closed sale: Sundial #J207 2/2 $670K.


5 new listings: 396 Lake Murex Blvd 3/2 $774.9K, 1120 Shell Basket Ln 4/2 $895K, 784 Limpet Dr 4/3 $1.95M, 1008 Bayview Dr 4/4.5 $3.595M, 4431 Waters Edge Ln 3/4 $6.495M.

16 price changes: 1438 Sandpiper Cir 3/2.4 half-duplex now $379.9K, 6143 Henderson Rd 4/3 now $424K, 5299 Umbrella Pool Rd 3/2.5 now $499K, 752/754 Cardium St 4/2 duplex now $579K, 744 Martha’s Lin 2/2 now $598K, 1323 Par View Dr 3/2 now $639K, 601 Sea Oats Dr 3/2 now $659.9K, 5430 Osprey Ct 3/3 now $699K, 5739 Pine Tree Dr now $819K, 9027 Mockingbird Dr 4/3 now $859K, 1350 Middle Gulf Dr 3/3 half-duplex now $889K, 1656 Middle Gulf Dr 3/4 now $949.9K, 6412 Pine Ave 4/2.5 now $1.195M, 267 Ferry Landing Dr 3/2 now $1.689M, 3009 Turtle Gait Ln 4/4.5 now $2.995M, 536 Lighthouse Way 4/4.5 now $2.995M.

7 new sales: 1029 Dixie Beach Blvd 2/2 listed at $419K, 707 Cardium St 3/2 listed at $879K, 1265 Par View Dr 3/2.5 listed at $899K, 940 Spoonbill Ct 3/2.5 listed at $1.095M, 2629 Coconut Dr 2/3 listed at $1.198M, 2263 Starfish Ln 5/4.5 listed at $1.699M, 514 Kinzie Island Ct 4/5 listed at $1.895M.

4 closed sales: 1513 Sand Castle Rd 3/2.5 $677K, 1245 Anhinga Ln 3/2 $799K, 5657 Sanibel-Captiva Rd 3/2 $865K, 1152 Buttonwood Ln 3/3.5 $1.235M.


1 new listing: 6095 Dinkins Bayou Rd $289,555.

No price changes, new, or closed sales.



5 new listings: Tennis Villas #3129 1/1 $325K, Tennis Villas #3136 1/1 $340K, Tennis Villas #3230 2/2 $469K, Beach Villas #2426 1/1 $545K, Marina Villas #901 2/2 $785K.

No price changes.

1 new sale: Beach Homes #22 2/2 listed at $2.095M.

1 closed sale: Bayside Villas #5202 1/2 $360K.


4 new listings: 55 Sandpiper Ct 3/2 $1.049M, 9 Sunset Captiva Ln 3/2 $1.229M, 11525 Chapin Ln 4/4 $1.64M, 16179 Captiva Dr 6/6 multi-family $5.5M.

4 price changes: 16813 Captiva Dr 3/3 now $2.45M, 16814 Captiva Dr 2/2.5 now $5.45M, 16596 Captiva Dr 5/5/2 now $7.9M, 17030 Captiva Dr 6/7.5 now $9.25M.

1 new sale: 11535 Chapin Ln 4/3 listed at $1.359M.

2 closed sales: 11531 Paige Ct 4/3.5 $3.25M, 1121 Schefflera Ct 4/4.5 $5.25M.


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.

Our colorful St. Patrick’s Day ad got us the back page of the “Island Sun” this week. Here’s it is. Don’t forget to wear your green tomorrow!

Until next Friday, Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusanIsland Sun 3-16-18

Sanibel’s Mini-Chill Is Like Heaven!

View cMaster Bedroom ViewSanibel and Captiva had another touch of island-style winter yesterday with temperatures barely out of the 60’s, but with bright blue skies and a fairly stiff breeze. It has been more of the same is today, then expected to be back to the high 70’s tomorrow, until the next mini-chill arrives. This time of the year, temperature changes often are the residual effects from pre-spring storms in the northeast.

Yesterday at the islands’ Association of Realtors® morning caravan meeting, more sales were announced followed by comments like “the market was late in getting rolling this winter”. Often the most island sales activity is from mid-January to Easter, but for some reason, this year that action picked up late. With Easter early this year, March could quickly make up for lost time. The recent snowstorms probably will help.

With just three weeks of high season left, plenty of price reductions were announced at yesterday’s meeting too. The above photos are the views from our listing at Mariner Pointe #1061 (price just reduced to $549,900). (More info and streaming video under the “Search SanibelSusan Listings” tab above.)

Rumor has it that the first car transport recently was spotted, that’s usually a sign that the first group of snowbirds are about to take flight.

The action posted since last Friday in the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service follows a couple of news items below. The first was posted on line today at FloridaRealtors®. Their source is Copyright © 2018 The Kiplinger Washington Editors, Pat Mertz Esswein. Though lengthy, it’s worth the read.

What Will Happen With Home Prices This Year?

Kiplinger personal finance logo“New Jersey is the poster child for the high-cost, high-tax states where housing markets – and homeowners – are supposed to suffer under the new tax law. Patrice and Kalvin Sosoo, of Teaneck, N.J., have a toddler, Kingsley, and a baby on the way, so they’re in the market for a larger place. But the Sosoos aren’t deterred by the new rules, even though housing costs for their next home are likely to be higher.

Under the new law, homeowners with existing mortgages taken out before Dec. 15, 2017, can continue to deduct interest on up to $1 million of mortgage debt. After that date, the limit for all “acquisition debt” – money used to buy, build or substantially improve a home – falls to $750,000. The deductibility of interest on home-equity loans or lines of credit, old or new, that are used for other purposes – such as paying for a vacation, a car or a college education–disappears. Plus, the deduction for state and local taxes, including property taxes, will be capped at $10,000.

“While living in their first home, the Sosoos itemized deductions on their federal tax return, including $11,000 in annual property taxes. The Sosoos have set a price limit of $700,000 on their next home, so they will still be able to deduct all of their mortgage interest. But they’ll take a major hit on the deductibility of their state and local taxes; they estimate that property taxes alone will run them about $15,000 annually.

“Taxes here are crazy, and the $10,000 limit kind of hurts,” says Patrice. But when they file their taxes for 2018, a tax-rate cut and the higher standard deduction could offset at least some of the loss in state and local tax deductions.

Limited damage

“The new law raises the standard deduction to $12,000 for single filers, $18,000 for head-of-household filers and $24,000 for married couples who file jointly. That may make the limits on deduction of mortgage interest and state and local taxes a moot point for many homeowners, who will benefit by switching from itemizing to taking the standard deduction.

attom data solutions logo“And despite the agitation that followed passage of the tax law, the changes will affect relatively few homeowners. In 2017, about 100,000 home buyers, or just 3.9% of all buyers nationally, took out a mortgage that exceeded $750,000, and they’re mainly concentrated in the Bay Area of California and the New York metro area, according to ATTOM Data Solutions, which analyzes property data.

“ATTOM also found that 4.1 million homeowners, or 4.4% of all homeowners, paid more than $10,000 in property taxes, and they’re concentrated in high-tax counties in the Bay Area, Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Texas.

“But high-earners in places with lower property taxes could also hit the limit. Many high-income homeowners who are subject to the alternative minimum tax were already limited to deducting interest only on mortgage or home-equity debt used to buy, build or improve their homes, and they were prohibited from deducting state and local taxes.

What do the changes to the tax law mean for home prices?

moody's logo“Moody’s Analytics expects the housing market to continue recovering in 2018, the seventh year since the market hit bottom. But Moody’s predicts that by 2019, home prices nationally will be 3.7% lower, on average, than they would have been otherwise.

“The value of tax benefits was baked into home prices in high-cost, high-tax areas, so home prices will rise more slowly as prospective buyers try to contain the after-tax cost of homeownership. Some renters may rent longer or choose not to buy at all. Some buyers will look for less-expensive homes. Sellers of higher-end trade-up homes will feel more pressure to lower their prices.

“There buyers not only will hit the mortgage-interest and tax caps but also will be more likely to take the standard deduction and discontinue itemizing, especially if they have no other sizable deductions besides housing costs, says Andres Carbacho-Burgos, a housing economist at Moody’s Analytics.

“High-cost counties that will see home-price appreciation slow are concentrated on the West Coast, in the largest metro areas of Texas, in Chicago, and in the states from Massachusetts to Virginia. New Jersey is the worst case because it has the highest average property tax rate of the 50 states and the largest share of high-tier markets. Moody’s figures that by mid-2019, New Jersey’s home prices will fall by 2% from the year before.

“The trend of people moving from high-cost to lower-cost states will accelerate, says Lawrence Yun, chief economist at the National Association of Realtors. Home prices will continue to rise in states such as Arizona, the Carolinas, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, Texas and Utah as more people move in than out. But prices in Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey and New York will decline as more people leave.

Home prices around the U.S.

clear capital logo“Prices increased nationally by 5.4% in 2017, compared with 5.8% in 2016, according to Clear Capital, a provider of real estate data and analysis. Jobs fueled demand from millennials and Generation Xers, who competed for a dearth of starter and trade-up homes and drove up prices.

“Home values rose in 269 of the 299 cities tracked by Clear Capital, going up by double digits in about one-seventh of them. With the exception of San Jose, Calif., epicenter of the tech boom, the places with the biggest gains were mostly smaller cities on the West Coast, in the Mountain states or in Florida that are attracting buyers priced out of larger cities nearby or have thriving economies. The cities where prices lost ground have moribund economies. They’re mostly located in Upstate New York, the Rust Belt and the South.

“CoreLogic, a financial data and analytics company, forecasts that prices will rise by about 4% in 2018, reverting to their historical pace. Frank Nothaft, chief economist at CoreLogic, says that in late 2017, CoreLogic analyzed home prices in the largest 100 metro areas and found that about one-third of them were overvalued by 10% or more, based on the long-term relationship between income and home prices.

“Are they in bubble trouble? “No,” says Nothaft. “It’s more an amber warning light indicating erosion of affordability.”

“Nothaft says historically low mortgage rates have helped to mask declining affordability, and when rates edge up in 2018, affordability will erode, adding to the potential for a slowdown in sales and price appreciation.

An unbalanced market

us census logo“The U.S. homeownership rate reached 64.2% in 2017, and it’s on a sustainable upward track, according to the U.S. Census. (The homeownership rate peaked at 69.2% in 2004.) Throughout 2017, the number of new homeowners exceeded the number of new renters, and first-time home buyers accounted for nearly one-third of all home sales. Millennials are making their first foray into ownership, and Gen Xers are transitioning from renting back to owning, says Yun. But until the inventory of new and existing homes increases, many would-be first-time buyers will be forced to continue renting.

“Existing homeowners are staying put longer than ever, and the share of repeat home buyers fell slightly between 2016 and 2017. Many homeowners would like to sell, but they fear they won’t be able to find another home they want. Others don’t want to give up their cheap mortgages.

“New homes are the key to unlocking the inventory stalemate, and with more new homes coming to market, the acuteness of the overall housing shortage is past, says Yun. “This year won’t be as bad for buyers as 2017, but it won’t be back to normal, either,” he says.

“As the housing market approaches the spring sales season, one thing is sure: Most people buy or sell homes for reasons other than tax benefits. “They’re getting married, having kids, or they’ve changed their jobs, or they’re retiring,” says Ralph McLaughlin, chief economist at Trulia, an online real estate marketplace. “The tax benefits are of less importance to them.”

“Mortgage outlook: Rates will ratchet up

FreddieMacLogo_3“The 30-year fixed rate has lingered at about 4% or less since mid-2011, but this is the year mortgage rates will begin to rise from historic lows. The Federal Reserve is all but certain to continue ratcheting up short-term rates, and yields on 10-year Treasuries, which are tied to the 30-year mortgage rate, have already jumped. In early February, the national average 30-year fixed rate was 4.2%, according to Freddie Mac. By the end of 2018, Kiplinger expects the 30-year fixed rate to hit 4.5% and the 15-year fixed rate to reach 4.2%, up from 3.7% in early February.

“Borrowers who have a FICO credit score of 720 or higher and a down payment of at least 30% will get the best rates. Lenders will look at your whole credit profile, however, and consider factors that will offset risk, such as making a larger down payment or having other assets, says Guy Cecala, publisher of Inside Mortgage Finance. You still must be prepared to produce heaps of documentation of your income and assets and answer persnickety questions.

“With rising home prices and increasing equity, homeowners who haven’t refinanced yet could still snag a low fixed rate. As rates rise, 5/1 and 7/1 adjustable rate mortgages, which lock in a lower rate for five or seven years and then default to a one-year ARM, could gain popularity. Rates on jumbo loans (with a loan amount of $453,100 or more or, in high-cost areas, $679,650 or more) may be even lower than on conforming loans, says Cecala.

“When you shop, include an independent mortgage broker or two along with your bank or credit union and nonbank lenders such as Quicken, Caliber Home Loans or LoanDepot. Brokers may be able to find a cheaper deal through their wholesale channel than you could by approaching lenders directly.”

Congratulations to Shell Festival Winners

The island papers this week include the “Ribbon Report” from the 2018 Sanibel Shell Show. It was great to read of that some of our friends, clients, blog followers, and chorus pals won awards!

  • Dianne Reich’s sailor’s valentine received a 2nd place ribbon.


  • Cheri Hollis’s shell photo got a 3rd place ribbon.

Cheri hollis pix

  • Barb Walling’s professional flower arrangement made of shells won a 1st place ribbon. Barb’s professional sea-life arrangement also earned a 1st place.

Congratulations to all who participated.

Upcoming Island Events

lionslogo35th Annual Sanibel-Captiva Lions Club Fine Arts & Crafts Fair – next week, 3/16 & 3/17 at The Community House across the street from SanibelSusan Realty. Fri 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Launch – Sat 3/24 from 6 to 10 p.m., celebrating The Past, Present & Future of Our Coastal Heritage, sponsored by Coastal Keepers at The Sanibel Community House. To make a reservation call (239) 472-8585.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity March 2-9, 2018 

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5 new listings: Sandpebble #4D 2/2 $439K, Sanibel Moorings #1611 2/2 $509K, Breakers West #A4 2/2 $549.9K, Sundial East #T301 2/2 $845K, Sundial East #P204 2/2 $899K.

3 price changes: Mariner Pointe #1061 2/2 now $549.9K (our listing), Lighthouse Point #321 3/2 now $679K, Loggerhead Cay #163 2/2 now $799,999.

4 new sales: Mariner Pointe #241 2/2.5 listed at $629K, Sundial West #J408 2/2 listed at $679K, Snug Harbor #211 2/2 listed at $769K, Sanddollar #B301 2/2 listed at $1.149M.

2 closed sales: Blind Pass #D101 2/2 $415K, Seascape #202 3/3.5 $2.195M.


2 new listings: 9471 Peaceful Dr 3/2 $469K, 330 East Gulf Dr 3/2 $1.15M.

14 price changes: 9225 Belding Dr 3/2 now $449.9K, 225 Daniel Dr 3/2.5 now $719K, 9028 Mockingbird Dr 4/3 now $869K, 3941 Coquina Dr 3/2 now $949K, 5313 Punta Caloosa Ct 4/3 now $965K, 1724 Bunting Ln 3/4 now $975K, 1304 Eagle Run Dr 3/3 now $1.0995M, 824 Birdie View Pt 3/3 now $1.169M, 580 Lake Murex Cir 4/2 now $1.195M, 529 Lighthouse Way 3/3 now $1.22M, 534 N Yachtsman Dr 3/2 now $1.298M, 2857 Wulfert Rd 4/5 now $1.598M, 490 Sawgrass Pl 3/2.5 now $1.675M, 4689 Rue Belle Mer 5/6.5 now $6.995M.

6 new sales: 1625 Sand Castle Rd 3/3 half-duplex listed at $619K, 1342 Junonia 3/3 listed at $669K, 1295 Par View Dr 3/2 listed at $675K, 5757 Baltusrol Ct 3/3 listed at $1.497M, 6021 Sanibel-Captiva Rd 4/3/2 listed at $2.499M, 1304 Seaspray Ln 3/2.5 listed at $4.345M.

3 closed sales: 1943 Sanibel Bayou Rd 3/3 $629.5K, 1307 Par View Dr 3/3 $970K, 1077 Bird Ln 4/4/2 $5.5M.


No new listings.

3 price changes: 9226 Kincaid Ct now $159K, 1204 Par View Dr now $329K, 4995 Joewood Dr now $2.495M.

No new sale or closed sales. 



2 new listings: Marina Villas #803 2/2 $749K, Beach Homes #17 4/3 $3.395M.

No price changes or new sales.

1 closed sale: Beach Cottages #1403 2/2 $1.125M


No new listings.

1 price change: 15138 Wiles Dr 6/5.5 now $6.999M.

No new sales.

1 closed sale: 11521 Andy Rosse Ln 7/8 $2.25M.


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.

Until next Friday, Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusanSanibelsusan Logo

Island Sales This Week, 2018 Forecasts, & More


great-white-pelican-namibiaIt’s SanibelSusan with another weekly report of real estate happenings. You are probably sick of me blogging about Sanibel’s summer-like weather and the traffic, so just a quick update, that it’s more of the same. A mini-cool front arrived today, bringing temperatures that will be only mid-70’s for the next few days.

Sanibel-shells-from-storm-windsMeanwhile, the 81st Sanibel Shell Festival across the street from SanibelSusan Realty at The Community House appears to be a huge success. It wraps up tomorrow afternoon.

An interesting mix of articles is below, followed by the activity posting in the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service this week.

  • 2018 national trends include big shifts in housing
  • good news from Sanibel police department
  • Sanibel Planning Commission ordinance action relating to pools and flood insurance
  • annual Market Watch with real estate outlook.

2018’s Top Trends

From the March 2018 “Florida Realtor®” logos

“Big Shifts in Housing…® predicts four developments this year.

  1. Inventory Will Increase. Starting in August 2017, the U.S. housing market started to see a higher-than-normal month-over-month increase in the number of homes on the market. Based on this trend,® projects that U.S. year-over-year inventory growth will tick up into positive territory by fall 2018, for the first time since 2015.
  2. Price Appreciation Will Slow. Home prices are forecasted to slow to 3.2% growth year-over-year nationally, from an estimated increase of 5.5% in 2017. Most of the slowing will be felt in the higher-priced segment as more available inventory in this price range and a smaller pool of buyers forces sellers to price competitively. Entry-level homes will continue to see price gains due to the larger number of buyers that can afford them and more limited homes available in this price range.
  3. Millennials Will Gain Market Share. Although millennials will continue to face challenges with rising interest rates and home prices, they are on track to gain mortgage market share in all price points, due to the sheer size of the generation. Millennials could reach 43% of home buyers with a mortgage by the end of 2018, up from an estimated 40% in 2017.
  4. Southern Markets Will Lead Sales Growth. Southern cities should beat the national average in home sales growth in 2018, with Lakeland – Winter Haven leading Florida. Sales are expected to grow by 6% or more in these markets, compared with 2.5% nationally. The majority of this growth can be attributed to healthy building levels combating the housing shortage.” 

Report from Sanibel’s Finest

santiva chronicleAn article in this week’s “Santiva Chronicle”, shows a big drop in island crime. Some of the statistics in the associated article include:

“Crime on Sanibel was down in 2017, including a huge drop in burglaries, according to statistics released Monday, Feb. 26, by Police Chief William Dalton. The police department tracked 72 federal reportable crimes in 2017, the only time in the past 11 years that that number has been below 100…

“Sanibel continues to be murder-free and no armed robberies have occurred since 2013. No vehicle thefts were reported in 2017, the only time in the past decade that has happened….

“Sanibel residents accounted for just 15% of the department’s arrests in 2017 with nearly half – 46% – coming from elsewhere in Lee County….

“Although crime numbers were down in 2017, the phone was still ringing at police headquarters. The department took in 26,140 calls. That’s an average of 72 per day or one every 20 minutes.”

Planning Commission Acts on Ordinances Re: Pools & Flood Insurance

Sanibelcityseal logoAs reported this week in the “Santiva-Chronicle:

“An ordinance amending the height of a swimming pool and decks in relation to the adjoining structure was unanimously approved by the Sanibel Planning Commission at MacKenzie Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 27.

“It is a move the commission said is grounded in common sense and will help streamline approval of pools and decks. Because of the current wording, the commission was forced to hold hearings about them when their approval was a matter of common sense. It was also costly to applicants.

“Wording of the ordinance to go to the City Council for approval is: “Any swimming pool elevated higher than three feet, six inches above the ground cannot be higher than the lowest floor of the associated structure. For the purpose of this height limit, a mid-level entry or other area devoted only to building access shall not be considered the lowest floor, even if constructed above the base flood elevation.”

“The current elevation is seven feet, but that is not based on the lowest floor. The change will allow the Planning Department to grant approval without it coming to the Planning Commission, Benjamin Pople, city planner, said in his presentation of the ordinance….

“Also Tuesday, the commission unanimously approved an ordinance to go to City Council that would bring the city in line with the Florida Department of Emergency Management pertaining to flood insurance.

“The ordinance about flood insurance is mandatory to preserve the city’s status and rating as a continuing participant in the National Flood Insurance Program’s continuing rating system which benefits Sanibel residents with a 25% discount on flood insurance premiums.

“Commission members cautioned residents that flood insurance rates still apply and that 25% savings aren’t always realized if insurance companies raise rates….”

Annual Market Watch – Lee & Collier Counties

News Press logoEach year, the Fort Myers “New-Press” hosts an event, where local real estate experts share their outlook on the real estate market. Here are excerpts from their on-line article posted this week.

“A recession may be on the way, but first-time home-buyer millennials and retiring Baby Boomers looking for a deal may be coming to the rescue in Southwest Florida’s residential market.

“That was among the big takeaways Tuesday at The News-Press Market Watch Real Estate 2018 at Germain Arena, where more than 1,000 people were on hand to gauge the market pulse from industry experts.

“Presenters included Randy Thibaut, land sales and development expert and owner and founder of Land Solutions Inc.; Denny Grimes, residential real estate expert and president of Denny Grimes & Co.; and Stan Stouder, CCIM, commercial real estate expert and founding partner with CRE Consultants.

“As Thibaut entered the stage, a screen showed a roller coaster on its way up a track. “We’ve been climbing this roller coaster that’s behind me for almost nine years since the downturn,” he said. “Are we going to go up and over and are we going to lose our lunch, or are we just going to have a little hiccup? One thing is for sure: we’re going to have change.”

“Total single-family and multifamily permits increased 28% in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties year-over-year, with Lee leading the way.

“Why? “Apartments and assisted living were again on fire,” he said. “That changed the dynamics of the market.” On the home front, more buyers are looking for “value” properties, those under $300,000, and builders who cater to that demand are benefiting. “The millennials are coming and they are buying homes because they’re having families,” he said. “There’s a different type of baby boomer – they’re coming here with less money in their pockets. They’re coming. The difference is they’re not looking for $500,000 homes.”

“On the other end of the market, there’s strong demand for luxury high-rise condos in Naples and Bonita Springs, in developments such as Aqua and Seaglass at Bonita Bay. “The product came out and they gobbled it up,” Thibaut said.

“Downtown Fort Myers is a bit of a different story, where developments such as ONE, The Place on First and Prima Luce are in the works. “These projects are still trying to get started, and I think some of them will,” Thibaut said. “It hasn’t been for the lack of trying.” Market watchers should also keep a close eye on the Corkscrew Road corridor, where there are a lot of development plans.

“But ultimately, how are things? “We’re not going down into the abyss,” he said. “Are we going to have a little hiccup? I think so.”

“Prior to the event, Thibaut was asked about impact fees, which are a hot topic in Lee County. “The impact fees that are scheduled to be looked at in March will be the deciding factor over whether we’ll be able to serve our workforce and Middle America employees,” he said. “If they raise the impact fees a lot, they will hurt the biggest percentage of the buying sector. Now is not the right time for a full increase.” Thibaut said people looking to buy a home under $300,000 are the sector that “can’t afford the increase or they won’t be able to own and live the American Dream.”

“Grimes was next on stage, touching on seemingly controversial topics — fake news, the wall and DACA — in a nonconfrontational way because his points weren’t really about those topics at all.

“National headlines about the hot real estate market are giving some buyers and sellers a false perspective on the local market, which isn’t so hot. “There’s a party going on and we’re not part of it,” he said. “But that’s OK. We’ll win in the end.” The number of home sales was down 3% in Lee and up 3% in Collier year-to-year. Grimes used the words “steady” and “stable” in describing the market, with an exception here and there.

““Cape Coral was the star performer in Lee County,” he said. “Collier South is the star performer there.”

In the Cape, dry lot prices have been rising, commanding $20,000 and up, while Lehigh lot prices start at $5,000. “Cape Coral is in for another growth spurt,” Grimes said.

“Home prices, however, have hit a wall. The median sales price for an existing home was $238,500 in December, compared to $250,000 a year earlier. That median price is close to $450,000 in Collier County and $217,500 in Charlotte.

“On DACA — homes where you can dock a boat — Grimes said the cost to live on the waterfront in Cape Coral averages $479,000, not far below the cost in Fort Myers. “It’s the best waterfront value and it’s gaining on Fort Myers,” he said.

“Stouder started out by saying self-storage is going gangbusters. Eight self-storage businesses went up between 2010-14, with 12 built between 2015 and now, with another 12 under construction. “There’s a correlation between those and the robust number of apartment units being built,” he said.

“Senior housing, too, has also continued to surge. Ten senior housing projects were completed between 2000 and 2014. In the past three years, 21 senior housing projects have come to market.

A few notable projects for market-watchers to keep an eye on: Meridian Place industrial property near Southwest Florida International Airport, where a 201,000-square-feet of space is expected to be built.

“That’s a big industrial project and that’s because the vacancy rate is so low,” he said.

“Stouder also talked about the likelihood of a recession. “The stock market is having heartburn, but not a heart attack,” he said. Stouder pointed to the fact that it’s been “about eight and a half years since the last recession was declared over in June 2009,” so a recession is inevitable due to market cycles, it’s just a matter of when.

“Stouder also offered a “what’s that?” segment. In the “what’s that?” segment, market-watchers should look for the Grand Central project to come out of the ground across from Page Field Commons. That project will have the area’s first Krispy Kreme location.

“For people who might be wondering what to do with their money, whether after a property sale or because they simply want to make a smart investment, “it’s time to sell.” “How many of you wished in 2009 that you’d have sold in 2006,” he said. “If you get greedy, you will get burnt.””

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity February 23-March 2, 2018

sancap GO MLS logoSanibel


6 new listings: Mariner Pointe #241 2/2.5 $629K; St.Croix #4 2/2.5 $995K; Yacht Haven #2 3/2 $1.099M; Pointe Santo #C3 3/2 $1,184,415; By-The-Sea #C102 2/2 $1.349M; Tamarind #B302 2/2 $1.824M.

4 price changes: Sanibel Moorings #941 2/2 now $529.9K, Pointe Santo #D32 2/2 now $779K, Island Beach Club #220E 2/2 now $949K, Island Beach Club #340D 2/2 now $1.324M.

4 new sales: Sanibel Moorings #212 1/1 listed at $425K, Beach Road Villa #104 2/2 listed at $455K, Loggerhead Cay #264 2/2 listed at $598.3K (our listing), Blue Gulf #101 3/2 listed at $1.42M.

10 closed sales: Tennisplace #D21 1/1 $235K, Lake Palms #6 2/2.5 $339K, Seashells #40 2/2 $320K, Sundial West #F308 1/1 $415K, Lighthouse Point #217 3/2 $455K, Mariner Pointe #733 2/2 $475K, Loggerhead Cay #402 2/2 $560K, Sanibel Inn #3535 2/2 $745K, Nutmeg Village #201 2/2 $965K, By-The-Sea #C302 3/2 $1.675M.


3 new listings: 1283 Par View Dr 2/2 $574K, 4239 Gulf Pines Dr 3/2 $735K, 4171 West Gulf Dr 3/2 $3.248M.

24 price changes: 813 Rabbit Rd 2/2 half-duplex now $399K, 1940 Periwinkle Way 3/2 half-duplex now $470K, 1938 Roseate Ln 3/2 now $499K, 3043 Poinciana Cir 3/2 now $525K, 998 Fish Crow Rd 3/2 now $629K, 1020 White Ibis Dr 3/3 now $649K, 1342 Junonia St 3/3 now $669K, 1450 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 now $749.9K, 5430 Osprey Ct 3/3 now $764K, 5690 Sanibel-Captiva Rd 3/3 now $979K, 938 Pecten Ct 3/2.5 now $1.135M, 1747 Jewel Box Dr 3/2 now $1.165M, 1349 Eagle Run Dr 3/2.5 now $1.175M, 1672 Hibiscus Dr 3/2 now $1.179M, 529 Lighthouse Way 3/3 now $1.22M, 519 Kinzie Island Ct 3/2.5 now $1.275M, 1672 Hibiscus Dr 3/2 now $1.179M, 1743 Venus Dr 4/3.5 now $1.65M, 794 Conch Ct 3/2.5 now $1.679M, 267 Ferry Landing Dr 3/2 now $1.749M, 2029 Periwinkle Way 4/3 now $1.799M, 2167 Starfish Ln 4/4.5 now $1.875M, 5606 Baltusrol Ct 4/6 now $2.195M, 1552 San Carlos Bay Dr 4/5.5 now $2.425M

11 new sales: 970 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 listed at $599K, 1008 Demere Ln 2/2 listed at $615K, 678 East Rocks 3/2 listed at $829K, 4791 Rue Helene 3/2 listed at $849K, 3239 Twin Lakes Ln 3/2 listed at $899K, 1114 Captains Walk St 3/3 listed at $899K, 1275 Par View Dr 3/2 listed at $949K, 4960 Joewood Dr 3/3 listed at $1.049M, 6412 Pine Ave 4/2.5 listed at $1.245M, 4265 West Gulf Dr 4/4.5 listed at $4.895M, 1310 Seaspray Ln 4/4 listed at $5.795M.

8 closed sales: 9446 Yucca Ct 3/2 $530K; 1341 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 $820K; 765 Conch Ct 5/4 $810K; 701 Anchor Dr 3/3.5 $1,186,810; 3822 West Gulf Dr 3/2 $1.2M; 899 Almas Ct 3/2 $1.2M; 960 Victoria Way 3/3 $1.4595M; 547 Kinzie Island Ct 4/4.5 $1.7M.


1 new listing: 9232 Dimmick Dr $199,555.

3 price changes: 2307 Wulfert Rd now $219.9K, 2133 Starfish Ln now $399K, 1770 Dixie Beach Blvd now $689,999.

1 new sale:1312 Eagle Run Dr listed at $319K.

No closed sales. 



1 new listing: Bayside Villas #5102 1/2 $375K.

1 price change: Captiva Shores #8B 3/2.4 now $1.599M.

1 new sale: Bayside Villas #5144 1/2 listed at $385K.

2 closed sales: Tennis Villas #3210 1/1 $297K, Beach Villas #2621 2/2 $645K.


1 new listings: 11540 Laika Ln 3/3 $1.625M.

3 price changes: 11490 Dickey Ln 3/2 now $995K, 11535 Chapin Ln 4/3 now $1.359M, 11509 Chapin Ln 4/4 now $1,999.999.

No new sales.

1 closed sale: 15154 Wiles Dr 4/3 $1.475M.


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.

Until next Friday, here’s hoping you have good weather too! If not, come to the islands, the bougainvillea and hibiscus are blooming everywhere. It really is a paradise here!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan (& please call me to help you with island real estate)


It’s a Summer-Like Sanibel February

12-28-15 Scott 7 White pelicanIt’s SanibelSusan reporting that all’s well on another sunny Sanibel Friday. I won’t mention the traffic which is worse than I ever remember it pre-weekend. It’s been a constant stream of cars tying up Periwinkle, coming onto the island until midday, when it changes to heavy traffic in both directions. From mid-afternoon on, as usual there is extra traffic heading off-island. Last night it cleared up by 6:30 p.m.

So, we grit our teeth, plan our days differently, don’t turn right, and remember that we are sharing fabulous weather with extra snowbirds and vacationers. It makes it a challenge when we are driving with prospective buyers. Those new to the island have a hard time believing that it’s like this for just a few weeks each year.

They sure love the weather though. It really has been amazing for February – bright blue skies with a few occasional clouds, daytime temperatures ranging from the low 80’s into the 90’s (record setting numbers), and sparkling water surrounding the island.


At SanibelSusan Realty Associates

SanibelSusan Realty from Periwinkle WayWe had good action with our listing this week, with several more showings scheduled tomorrow during turn-over in some of the vacation rentals. With the big annual Arts and Crafts Fair across the street from the office both tomorrow and Sunday, we hope for some walk-in business.

If you have a three-day weekend, we hope you enjoy it. If you are here, we hope you drop in.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors®

Sanibel realtors logoMonthly Membership Meeting – Yesterday was the February monthly Membership Breakfast Meeting and Caravan for the local Association of Realtors®. Guest speaker was Julie LePore with FIRPTA Solutions, Inc. FIRPTA is the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980 and it covers the disposition of U.S. real property interest by a foreign person. I’ve covered it in my updates before, but she mentioned a couple of points many Sellers don’t realize.

firpta_solutions_logo_full-color_horizontalFIRPTA – If you are selling real estate in the U.S. and are NOT a foreign Seller, there still is a form required by FIRPTA. These Sellers must sign a Certificate of Non-Foreign Status which indicates that FIRPTA withholding is not required. So, don’t be surprised if the title company handling your closing asks you to sign a form that includes your social security number or tax identification number.

Alternatively, in the case where the Seller is foreign, more questions apply. If the Buyer does not have definite plans to reside at the property at least 50% of the time that the property is in use, the Buyer is required to withhold 15% of the sale proceeds. Yes, that is a requirement of the Buyer. Usually Buyers don’t know this. Here, the title company handles this withholding. If the Buyer will reside the property being purchased, depending on the price, there could be change in the amount needing to be withheld. Best to consult with an expert if you are a Buyer and the Seller is foreign. FIRPTA Solution is a good resource at

Caravan Announcements – We weren’t lucky enough to get another sale this week, but plenty were announced at the Caravan meeting. One colleague who just listed a $2+M property announced that it went under contract in hours for full-price, cash, quick close. Just an example of what can happen in a situation where a buyer is waiting for an property in a specific location or of a certain size or condition.

What’s Happening With the Sanibel Real Estate Market?

sancap GO MLS logoUsing info from the Sanibel and Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service as described in the disclosure below, here are some summaries.

Number of Sanibel Price Reductions in last 30 days:  105 (71 homes, 7 lots, 28 condos)

Considering that there are just 362 Sanibel properties for sale, that’s a lot of price reductions.

How Many Properties Are Selling Compared to the Competition?

  # Available # Sold/Closed 2018 # Under Contract
Income-Producing 75 4 8
With 3 Bedrooms 12 4 5
Under $500K 23 3 13
Over $1M 21 5 4
Canal-front 39 4 8
Near-beach 87 16 15
Gulf-front 12 5 3
Under $500K 9 5 2
Over $1M 91 18 19

No Rate Increase for 8th Year in a Row

Lcec logoLCEC (Lee County Electric Coop) posted this info in their February “LCEC News”. With most prices increasing, it’s great to hear that LCEC’s electric rates have remained the same. “Rates actually have decreased over the past four years…Even after spending more than $30 million on Hurricane Irma restoration, rates will remain the same for 2018. As a cooperative, LCEC is eligible for partial FEMA reimbursement for disaster recovery….”

Upcoming Events

  • rotary logoSanibel-Captiva Rotary Club’s 35th Art & Craft Fair – with over 100 artists & food court – tomorrow & Sunday, Feb 17 & 18 at The Community House and Sanibel City Park across the street from SanibelSusan Realty Associations. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
  • kiwanis logoAnnual Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner – an island favorite for nearly 40 years, Saturday Feb 24 from 4 to 8 p.m. at The Community House. Funds raised go to island youth education and recreation activities including scholarships. (If you are on-island and need a ticket, give me a call, I know who delivers… just got my ticket today.)
  • zonta logoAnnual Peek at the Unique – annual fundraiser tours of four unique island residences, hosted by The Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva on Saturday Mar 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Transportation by air-conditioned buses. Tickets required. More info at, tickets at Eventbrite or
  • SCCF’s 7th Annual Beer in the Bushes – Saturday Mar 31 from 6 to 10 p.m. on the grounds of SCCF’s (Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation) Nature Center. Attendees are encouraged to dress in “soul train” attire of the 70’s. Purchase tickets at

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity February 9-16, 2018



7 new listings: Sanibel Moorings #212 1/1 $425K, Sanibel Moorings #141 1/1 $475K, Kings Crown #312 2/2 $799K, White Sands #13 2/2 $949K, Sundial West #E104 2/2 $995K, Blue Gulf #101 3/2 $1.42M, High Tide #B102 2/2 $1.795M.

2 price changes: Beach Road Villa #104 2/2 now $455K, Sundial West #F201 2/2 now $799K.

8 new sales: Tennisplace #D21 1/1 listed at $239.8K, Captains Walk #D5 2/1 listed at $299.5K, Seashells #40 2/2 listed at $349.9K, Sundial West #J307 2/2 listed at $759K, Sundial West #F201 2/2 listed at $799K, Nutmeg Village #201 2/2 listed at $999K, Pine Cove #102 3/2 listed at $1.25M, Seascape #202 3/3.5 listed at $2.195M.

3 closed sales: Colonnades #C3 1/1 $225K; Lighthouse Point #220 2/2 $435K; White Sands #32 2/2.5 $978,625.


8 new listings: 9408 Moonlight Dr 3/2 $599K, 1806 Ibis Ln 3/2 $679K, 5885 Pine Tree Dr 3/2 $699K, 617 Lake Murex Cir 3/2 $839K, 9027 Mockingbird Dr 4/3 $869K, 2629 Coconut Dr 2/3 $1.198M, 735 Sand Dollar Dr 3/3 $1.339M, 519 Kinzie Island Ct 2/2.5 $1.35M.

21 price changes: 6143 Henderson Rd 4/3 now $444.9K, 1040 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 now $549K, 958 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 now $619K, 474 Lake Murex Cir 3/2 now $679.9K, 749 Cardium St 3/2 now $749K, 5430 Osprey Ct 3/3 now $774K, 5410 Osprey Ct 3/2.5 now $799K, 9446 Beverly Ln 3/3.5 now $819K, 924 Beach Rd 3/2 now $895K, 3239 Twin Lakes Ln 3/2 now $899K, 2480 Library Way 3/2.5 now $899K, 1265 Par View Dr 3/2.5 now $899K, 3941 Coquina Dr 3/2 now $979K, 5402 Osprey Ct 4/3 now $995K, 1426 Causey Ct 3/2.5 now $1.195M, 805 Sand Dollar Dr 4/3 now $1.295M, 1995 My Tern Ct 4/2 now $1.349M, 4992 Joewood Dr 3/3.5 now $1.465M, 1525 Sand Carlos Bay Dr 3/2 now $1.575M, 514 Kinzie Island Ct 4/5 now $1.895M, 4166 Dingman Dr 4/4 now $2.599M.

8 new sales: 667 Spartina Ct 3/2 listed at $619,555; 563 Hideaway Ct 3/2 listed at $699K, 3980 Coquina Dr 3/2 listed at $799K; 5657 Sanibel-Captiva Rd 3/2 listed at $895K, 925 Lindgren Blvd 3/2 listed at $995K; 1152 Buttonwood Ln 3/3.5 listed at $1.379M; 1271 Isabel Dr 4/4.5 listed at $3.299M, 1077 Bird Ln 4/4/2 listed at $5.995M.

6 closed sales: 9292 Kincaid Ct 3/2 $480K, 1613 Sand Castle 3/2.5 half-duplex $499K, 1717 Sand Pebble Way 3/2 $610K, 900 Almas Ct 3/3.5 $1.015M, 1313 Eagle Run Dr 3/3 $1.35M, 3945 West Gulf Dr 3/3 $3M.


No new listings.

2 price changes: 412 Tiree Cir now $329,555; 2401 Blue Crab Ct now $679K.

No new sales:

1 closed sale: 2626 Coconut Dr $329K.



1 new listing: Bayside Villas #5144 1 /2 $385K.

1 price change: Beach Homes #25 3/2 now $2.095M.

No new sales or closed sales.


No new listings or price changes.

1 new sale: 11531 Paige Ct 4/3.5 listed at $3.45M.

No closed sales.


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 & Presidents Day!presidents day clip art

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

SanibelSusan’s Groundhog Says, “Sunny Warm Weather Is Here To Stay”

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SanibelSusan here, reporting another busy week on the islands. A few breezy days with a bit of a Florida chill made for increased traffic on both the roads and bike paths earlier in the week, with the last mildly chilly morning today.

For at least the next week, it is expected to be good weather, with temperatures in the low to mid-70’s every day.

Gotta love SW Florida in February!

Sanibel Susan Realty Associates

Sanibelsusan LogoHere in the office, some of our listings had price adjustments. Not unusual for February and we were not the only ones as evidenced by the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service activity, which follows a few news items below. Yesterday at our local Association of Realtors® Caravan Meeting, I announced six price changes. With Easter April 1 this year, there are just eight weeks of “high” season remaining, so price changes now should have impact. He got giggles at Caravan when a long-time island Realtor® announced that he was happy to see so many reductions now, rather than April (which often is too late – or after snowbirds have departed).

Florida Homestead Exemption

LeePALogoIf you are a new island resident or had a change of local residence last year and want to apply for Florida’s Homestead Exemption, this is a reminder that the official filing period is January 1 to March 1. Florida law requires that application be made by March 1 to be eligible for up to $50,000 Homestead Exemption. Only new applicants or those who had a change of residence need apply. Automatic renewals are mailed in January each year.

Homestead Exemption is a constitutional benefit of up to a $50,000 exemption removed from the assessed value of your property. It is granted to those applicants who possess title to real property and are bona fide Florida residents living in the dwelling and making it their permanent home on January 1. Documentation that proves you were a resident at the homestead property is required.

Properties granted homestead exemption automatically receive the “Save Our Homes” benefit. This is a constitutional benefit approved by Florida voters in 1992. It places a limitation of 3% on annual assessment increase homestead properties beginning with the 1995 tax year. So, the assessed value will not increase more than 3% or the Consumer Price Index, whichever is less. When a homestead property sells, the assessed value returns to fair market value in the year following the sale. The value assessment then becomes the new owner/homestead applicant’s base value for “Save Our Homes” purposes.

To be eligible to receive the homestead exemption you must own the property (have legal title/interest) and permanently reside on/occupy the property. You must be able to document that you resided at your homestead property as of January 1 by providing proof of issuance of a Florida driver’s license and Lee County voter registration card. Non-voters must complete a Declaration of Domicile. You may file for homestead exemption by mail, in person, or on-line at

2018 Florida Real Estate Trends

EconomicSummit01-26-2018As follow-up to my article last week about presentations at Florida REALTORS® Governance Meetings in Orlando, particularly the session on 2018 Florida Real Estate Trends, here is some additional info:

Self-Driving Cars & Real Estate

During the segment by Kevin Foreman who leads INDRIX Big Data and is the General Manager of GeoAnalytics, he discussed how self-driving cars will impact real estate, noting that there are currently about 7,000 on the roads, with that figure expected to reach 4.5 million by 2035. There are four trends in self-driving cars: autonomous (Tesla, Uber, Google and others are working on those); also shared cars; electric cars; and connected cars. There also are five levels of autonomy in vehicles: level 1 includes hands-on, level 2 is hands-off, level 3 is eyes-off, level 4 is mind-off, and level 5 has no wheel.

As autonomous driving evolves, he said that people will become more productive going to work, and will be able to do many more things during their commute – i.e., like getting ready for work and the workday- shaving, eating, emailing, etc.

He also said that we soon will be measuring distances completely differently. Rather than miles or kilometers, it will be in minutes or based on time.

He said traffic signals and milepost signs will be gone in 30 years. With self-driving cars, he said plenty of other things will change too, and not just in the real estate. As examples, he said there will be:

  • No more drivers’ licenses – the blind, elderly, & kids can drive
  • No more speeding tickets
  • No more drunk driving
  • No distracted driving – more texting, sleeping, even sexting
  • Two-handed eating – making changes to the fast-food & restaurant business.

These new modes of transportation will affect real estate business because there will be:

  • Longer “drive” times – since people can eat, sleep, and work during their commutes
  • Less office infrastructure
  • More agent productivity.

To be a hit with your kids, Foreman suggested renting a Tesla for a day or taking one for a test drive. He also said when the time comes, do not buy a self-driving car. Instead, lease one, because improvement and technology changes will be fast.

Florida’s Real Estate Market

During a presentation by Florida REALTORS® Chief Economist Brad O’Connor, he compared what happened in real estate after the state’s first major hurricane in ten years (i.e., last fall after Hurricane Irma (on Sep 10) to what happened after Hurricane Charley and the storms that followed.

To analyze Irma’s possible market impact, he had Florida REALTORS® Research Department review residential sales data from 2004 and 2005 (when Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Jeanne, Ivan, Dennis, and Wilma affected Florida) as well as claims data from the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation.

O’Connor said, “Long-term market impacts from landfalling hurricanes are rare and highly localized, with long-term sales declines observed only in coastal areas where a significant percentage of structures were severely damaged by Category 4-plus winds.” “Short-term market impacts from a hurricane are more common and widespread,” he added. “Sales in areas where most homes did not experience severe structural damage rebounded within a month or two of landfall,” he said. “These temporary slowdowns were due to business activity halting ahead of the storm and power outages, regulations and additional required inspections afterwards.”

Interestingly, he also said that “Sale prices don’t seem to care much about hurricanes. Plenty of buyers are happy to line up to buy the real estate as long as it’s not completely annihilated.”

Summarizing 2017 housing market activity, O’Connor said single-family existing home sales in Florida were up 1.2% over 2016’s sales level – and would have been up by about 3% if there had been no Hurricane Irma. 2017 sales of existing condos/townhouses were up about 3% year-over-year; and would likely have been about 6% higher than 2016 without Irma. The statewide median price in both sectors was up about 8% compared to a year ago.

In his slides comparing insurance claims, residential inventory and sales by county, Lee County was one of the few areas in Florida where inventory remains higher than demand. In fact, throughout the state, inventory is down everywhere, except in Southwest Florida. Those other counties are experiencing sellers’ markets. Here, until that changes, we probably won’t see the tide turn from it being a buyer’s market.

I head much of the same during committee meetings where colleagues described multiple offers being the norm in their area. Some described initial offers on moderately priced properties coming in at least $25,000 over asking price, just so they get consideration. I don’t ever remember that happening here and from the amount of inventory on Sanibel, it won’t be happening any time soon. See the table below for a summary of the islands’ inventory today and recent sales.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Inventory as of 2/2/2018

sancap GO MLS logoOn Sanibel:

For sale: 102 condos, 200 homes, & 64 lots = 366 available

Under contract: 14 condos, 40 homes, 3 lots = 57 awaiting closing

Closed year-to-date: 9 condos, 35 homes, 1 lot = 45 sold

Sold in 2017: 140 condos, 186 homes, 32 lots = 358 sold

On Captiva:

For sale: 26 condos, 45 homes, & 3 lots = 74 available

Under contract: 6 condos, 4 homes, no lots = 10 awaiting closing

Closed year-to-date: 6 condos, 3 homes, no lot = 9 sold

Sold in 2017: 34 condos, 22 homes, 2 lots = 58 sold

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.

Change in Cost of Equity Membership at The Sanctuary

sanctuary golf club logoIn the latest issue of The Sanctuary Golf Club’s “Sanctuary Sound”, Membership Director, Sheryl Tatum, announced that on May 1, 2018, the Equity Membership at the Club will increase from $110,000 to $120,000.

The privileges with equity membership include access to all Club facilities, a par 72, Championship Arthur Hills-designed golf course, driving range, putting green, chipping area, golf lessons, priority tee times and tournament play, a 50,000 sq.ft. clubhouse, world-class dining, five Har Tru tennis courts, 5,000 sq.ft. Health & Tennis Center with a sports pool. To reach Sherry directly for more information, call 239-322-5182 or email her at

The New Jac

Some have asked if we know what is happening at the former Jacaranda Restaurant which has been closed for a couple of months. I saw the below Facebook message yesterday advertising an upcoming event at The Community House.

The Jac

More Upcoming Events

Center4 Life Arts & Crafts Fair – tomorrow, Sat, 2/3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with more than 30 local vendors at 2401 Library Way.

chr-logo_mainCommunity Houses & Resources (CHR) Sanibel’s Annual Mardi Gras Fundraiser – next Sat, 2/10 at The Community House. Tickets available at Bailey’s General Store, on-line at or call CHR at 239-472-1189.

Let’s Get Historical – Sanibel Historical Village Gala – Mon, 2/19 from 6 to 10 p.m. at The Community House. Request tickets at 239-472-4648 or

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity January 26 to February 2, 2018



1 new listing: Cottage Colony West #125 1/1 $629K.

6 price changes: Tennisplace #D21 1/1 now $239.8K, Loggerhead Cay #332 2/2 now $474.5K, Mariner Pointe #1061 2/2 now $579.9K (our listing), Cottage Colony West #116 1/1 now $645K, Sandy Bend #4 2/2 now $758K, Tanglewood #1A 3/2 now $1.099M.

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View from Mariner Pointe #1061


3 new sales: Lake Palms #6 2/2.5 listed at $349K, Lighthouse Point #220 2/2 listed at $450K, Lighthouse Point #217 3/2 listed at $465K.

1 closed sale: Donax Village #3 2/2 $414K.


6 new listings: 972 Fitzhugh St 3/2 $469K, 1625 Sand Castle Rd 3/3 half-duplex $619K, 3980 Coquina Dr 3/2 $799K, 1275 Par View Dr 3/2 $949K, 460 East Gulf Dr 2/2.4 $1.995M, 747 Windlass Way 4/3.5 $2.295M.

18 price changes: 1938 Roseate Ln 3/2 now $519K, 9477 Peaceful Dr 3/2 now $535K, 9446 Beverly Ln 3/3.5 now $873.5K, 3239 Twin Lakes Ln 3/2 now $939K, 734 Anchor Dr 3/2 now $949K (our listing), 239 Daniel Dr 3/2 now $1.028M (our listing), 1035 S Yachtsman Dr 5/4.5 now $1.099M, 5411 Osprey Ct 3/2 now $1.199M, 1672 Hibiscus Dr 3/2 now $1.199M, 1304 Eagle Run Dr 3/3 now $1.225M, 6101 Starling Way 3/3.5 now $1.249M, 2474 Wulfert Rd 3/3/2 now $1.295M, 534 N Yachtsman Dr 3/2 now $1.345M, 1152 Buttonwood Ln 3/3.5 now $1.599M, 1525 San Carlos Bay Dr 3/2 now $1.599M, 794 Conch Ct 3/2.5 now $1.849M, 924 Pecten Ct 4/4 now $1.895M, 2689 Wulfert Rd 4/6.5 now $1.994M.


734 Anchor Drive, near-beach & canal-front with dock



239 Daniel Drive near-beach & backing to conservation land, community amenities too.


6 new sales: 3008 Singing Wind Dr 2/2 listed at $439K, 2005 Mitzi Ln 2/2 listed at $543.5K, 1425 Causey Ct 4/3 listed at $729K, 1470 Angel Dr 3/2 listed at $920K, 3822 West Gulf Dr 3/2 listed at $1.199M, 5757 Baltusrol Ct 3/3 listed at $1.497M.

9 closed sales: 1394 Middle Gulf Dr #C 3/3 half-dulpex $470K, 1317 Par View Dr 3/3 $598K,

2510 Harbour Ln 2/2 $700K (our listing), 3358 Saint Kilda Rd 3/3 $910K, 1277 Par View Dr 4/3.5 $1.1M, 1106 Buttonwod Ln 3/2 $1.175M, 2190 Starfish Ln 3/3 $1.377M, 1052 Whisperwood Way 3/3 $1.45M, 4731 Rue Belle Mer 3/2 $2.4M.


1 new listing: 4767 Tradewinds Dr $1.75M.

1 price change: 6505 Pine Ave now $799K.

2 new sales: 2998 Singing Wind Dr listed at $189K, 1321 Seaspray Ln listed at $995K.

1 closed sale: 1311 Par View Dr $263K.



2 new listings: Beach Homes #3 3/2 $2.295M, Beach Homes #13 4/4.5 $4.099M.

1 price change: Beach Homes #22 2/2 now $2.095M.

1 new sale: Bayside Villas #5202 1/2 listed at $375K.

No closed sales.


1 new listing: 16813 Captiva Dr 3/3 $2.6M.

2 price changes: 14860 Mango Ct 5/4 now $1.894M, 15831 Captiva Dr 2/2.5 now $4.198M.

No new or closed sales.


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.

is it sunday yetWhatever your team preference, I hope you enjoy Super Bowl Sunday!

Until next Friday – Susan Andrews aka SanibelSusan

Florida REALTORS & Sanibel/Captiva Scoop

Today, SanibelSusan is in Orlando finishing up at the Florida Realtors® Mid-Winter Business Meetings. Here’s hoping this week’s blog doesn’t look too different – I am producing it using my iPhone and iPad. Gotta love this on-the-road technology!

The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association’s leadership team was excited Wednesday night to make a clean sweep of the Florida PAC awards for a small board. Below is our 2018 President Dustyn Corace with the first of the trophies. Congratulation to our 2017 RPAC Committee co-chairs Realtor Tina DiCharia and Dave Arter (at left of Dustyn in photo) for leading the charge, and to our entire island membership for their participation and support! Also shown, in addition to the old gray-haired gal next to Dustyn, are our President-Elect soon-to-be-Mom Kasey Albright and her tall husband Realtor Brendan Albright, plus our Association Executive and CEO Bill Robinson.


My teammates have kept the office running smoothly the couple of days I have been here. Tuesday morning, I attended a preliminary closing just before heading out of town, while teammate Dave handled two others later in the week. The details on those, plus teammate Elise’s report of the week’s action in the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service follows a couple of news items below.

East Rocks Main Replacement

Island Water logoHere’s some scoop about The Rocks from the Winter “IWA Pipeline”.

“The East Rocks water main replacement, a portion of which was planned for completion in 2017, will now be started and completed beginning in the Spring of 2018. Since a majority of the country’s raw material for manufacturing PVC and HDPE pipe originates in the Texas area, Hurricane Harvey put a serious dent in the supply and price of this commodity. The portion of East Rocks Drive that was planned for 2017 was put off until 2018 when it will be completed along with the rest of the project.

“East Rocks had some streets partially upgraded years ago when fire hydrants were installed. This current project will remove all of the remaining thin-walled pipe and add a fire hydrant on Durion Court. As with the Brine Sump Replacement Project, this project will be paid for out of our reserves, with no assessments to members. This project has a budget of $280K.”

Home Water Treatment Systems

island waterMore about Sanibel’s water from the same “IWA Pipeline”.

“It has recently come to our attention that plumbing companies are attempting to sell our members expensive whole-home water treatment/softener systems. There is simply no need to install such a system to treat our water. The mineral content of our water is very low. In fact, after running through the Reverse Osmosis membranes, there are no minerals in the water. We have to add minerals in the form of a small amount of raw water back into our water to bring the total hardness up to between 30 to 60, depending on which wells we use. The state considers a total hardness of between 80-120 to be optimal. Anything below 100 is considered soft. Do not let a water treatment sales person try to tell you our water is hard.

“If the issue is chlorine residual, which is required by law, buy yourself a charcoal filter for the kitchen faucet or refrigerator water line for drinking water and ice. If you buy a whole-house charcoal filter, you will be removing the disinfectant from your house plumbing, which could lead to bacterial growth in your piping.

“If you would like your water tested, bring in a sample in a clean plastic or glass bottle, and we can test for chlorine residual and hardness. It should be at least a pint, at room temperature, and brought here as soon as possible. Chlorine degrades over time.”

Sanibel Library Update

sanibel-library-logoThe latest issue of the Sanibel Library newsletter had some interesting info too:

“Sanibel Public Library was recognized with a 2017 “Four Star” rating by “Library Journal”, the fourth time Sanibel has earned this national award. In statewide rankings of Florida public libraries, Sanibel Public Library ranked:

#1 for Material Available Per Capita: 13.11 (statewide average 1.86) Books, Movies, Music, Magazines
#1 for Public Computers Available Per 1,000: 4.6 (statewide average 0.82)
#1 for public space (square feet)
#2 for Circulation Per Borrower: 21.65 (statewide average 11.04)
#2 for Program Attendance Per Capita: 7 (statewide average 0.23)
#3 for Library Visits Per Capita: 18.51 (statewide average 3.79).”

Wondering what’s happening at the Library now?

“The award-winning Sanibel Public Library is a community anchor that encourages discovery, enrichment, and lifelong learning. The Library began with volunteers in the 1960s and is currently in its fifth home, which opened in 1994. In 2004 the building was expanded to its current size. Both the appearance and the quality of the structure are outstanding, but the infrastructure – HVAC, fire suppression, plumbing, lighting, technology, and flooring – are being upgraded for greater efficiency and sustainable design.

“As we take care of the infrastructure, we looked at the current use of the building, and how that use has changed over the past several years and how it will change in the future. Your Library Board of Commissioners is responding to these ever-changing needs while maintaining what is good about the last 50 years of library service on Sanibel, with a focus on fresh, new, dynamic services and programs.

“Reconfiguring the interior includes a user-centered service design with flexible, multi-purpose spaces for reading and research, collaboration, multiple technology access points, children’s story-time space, and more. The Sanibel Public Library will be positioned for the next decade of exemplary, innovative, and responsive library service.

“Your Library Reimagined has been in the planning since early 2015. The Library Board set a budget of $5.9 million, which is being covered by Library reserves, grants, and gifts. The project is currently in Phase I, half the Library is open to the public during the remodel. Phase I is nearing completion, and Phase II is expected to begin in February, with full completion expected by September 2018.”

2018 Florida Real Estate Trends

97C7F585-3EEB-4DE8-9BFE-5F821247F52BHere are a few notes from the session I attended yesterday at the Florida Realtors Governance Meetings. This one included presentations by:

● Dr. Tony Villamil, who was Governor Bush’s first Director for Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development. Previously, he was President George Bush’s U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs. Today, he is the founder and principal advisor at The Washington Economics Group, Inc.

● Kevin Foreman who leads INDRIX Big Data and GeoAnalytics. He is the General Manager of GeoAnalytics.

● Dr. Brad O’Connor, Florida REALTORS Chief Economist.

The following snippets are from Dr. Villamil’s presentation: “National & Florida Economic Outlook”. Next week’s update will include info from the other speakers’ presentations: “How Self-Driving Cars Will Impact Real Estate” and “Florida Residential Resale Market Update”. All were interesting, and confirm the real estate business continues to evolve – in a good way!

According to Dr. Villamil, the overall international business climate will not change significantly in 2018.

Positive factors in Florida’s economy include the state being pro-growth with increasing population and growing employment. Global economy is expanding at a moderate pace and the U.S. economy also will grow this year at a good clip.

His 2018 economic outlook has U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) up 3% and world output globally up 3.5%. Canada is doing well. The economy is expected to be up India (under new prime minister (democracy)) and China. Brazil is expected to be back in action too, but there is mixed outlook for Latin America.

In financial markets, inflation may be up 2%, but household net worths are doing very well, consumers will continue to buy, and real estate will remain in demand.

Much of Florida’s economy depends on open global markets. Watch for the modernization of NAFTA (North America Free Trade Agreement), and U.S./global markets going to “sunshine”.

Florida’s employment is growing faster than the rest of the nation. That should continue in 2018. Florida’s real GDP which is top among states also should continue to increase too and pass $1 trillion in 2018!

Dr. Villamil expects a positive environment for Florida’s 2018 real estate markets with the strong economic expansion to continue; population, employment, and visitor growth to be more than 2017; positive tax changes for Florida residents; and international visitors and foreign investment to increase.

Economic factors that need to be monitored include the Fed being less accommodating, inflation expectations, “hard” Brexit, the U.S. dollar exchange rate, trade/immigration policy, and 2018 national and state elections.

So overall, it should be another outstanding year for Florida business. Exciting changes are coming though. More info on that next week.

Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity January 19-26, 2018

3 new listings: Donax Village #9 2/2 $499K, Pointe Santo #E35 2/2 $1.295M, Island Beach Club #340D 2/2 $1.379M.
8 price changes: Spanish Cay #A7 1/1 now $274K (our listing), Sand Pointe #122 2/2 now $649K (our listing), Nutmeg Village #201 2/2 now $999K, Gulfside Place #222 2/2 now $1.175M, Gulfside Place #123 2/2 now $1.198M, Gulfside Place #323 2/2 now $1.398M, Gulfside Place #124 2/2 now $1.225M, Poinciana #3C 3/2 now $1.725M.
5 new sales: Mariner Pointe #1073 2/2 listed at $499K, Sanibel Inn #3535 2/2 listed at $765K, Surfside 12 #A1 3/2 listed at $799K, Sundial West #E208 2/2 listed at $1.15M, By-The-Sea #C302 3/2 listed at $1.745M.
2 closed sales: Nutmeg Village #109 2/2 $665K, Bandy Beach #A101 3/2 $1M (our buyer).

12 new listings: 1410 Sand Castle Rd 2/2 $639K, 5307 Ladyfinger Lake Rd 3/2.5 $645K, 1020 White Ibis Dr 3/2 $689K, 3837 Coquina Dr 2/2 $725K, 3825 Coquina Dr 3/3 $849K, 5410 Osprey Ct 3/2.5 $849K, 5739 Pine Tree Dr 3/3 $849K, 3050 West Gulf Dr 3/2.5 $979K, 542 N Yachtsman Dr 2/2 $989K, 824 Birdie View Pt 3/3 $1.198M, 3822 West Gulf Dr 3/2 $1.199M, 1316 Eagle Run Dr 4/3 $1.299M.
13 price changes: 1027 Sand Castle Rd 2/2 now $549K; 3784 Coquina Dr 3/3 now $599,995; 1478 Albatross Rd 3/2 now $639K; 998 Fish Crow Rd 3/2 now $644K; 1342 Junonia St 3/3 now $689K; 3323 Twin Lakes Ln 3/3 now $787K; 5280 Ladyfinger Lake Rd 3/2 now $849K; 4791 Rue Helene 3/2 now $849K; 707 Cardium St 3/2 now $879K; 478 Sea Oats Dr 3/3 now $1.195M; 805 Sand Dollar Dr 4/3 now $1.395M; 536 Lighthouse Way 4/4.5 now $3.195M; 3009 Turtle Gait Ln 4/4.5 now $3.299M.
5 new sales: 3021 Singing Wind Dr 3/2 listed at $499K, 1470 Angel Dr 3/2 listed at $920K, 789 Pyrula Ave 4/2.5 listed at $1.095M, 900 Almas Ct 3/3.5 listed at $1.199M, 4641 Rue Belle Mer 3/2.5 listed at $3.295M.
5 closed sales: 1817 Atlanta Plaza Dr 3/2 $385K, 545 Piedmont Rd 3/2 $585K, 241 Violet Dr 3/2.5 $685K, 1035 Kings Crown Dr 4/3 $1.71M, 1149 Paper Fig Ct 4/3 $2.179M.

1 new listing: 1550 Centre St $225K.
No price changes.
1 new sale: Lot 27, Leisure Acres listed at $59K.
No closed sales.

3 new listings: Sunset Beach Villas #2214 2/2 $620K; Captiva Shores #8B 3/2.5 $1.648M; Seabreeze #1253 3/3 $1,999,999.
1 price change: Marina Villas #610 2/2 now $699K.
1 new sale: Beach Cottages #1403 2/2 $1.195M.
1 closed sale: Captiva Shores #4B 3/2.5 $1.3745M.

1 new listing: 16177/179 Captiva Dr 3/3 $3.75M.
2 price changes: 11535 Chapin Ln 4/3 now $1.395M, 16163 Captiva Dr 3/2 now $2.695M.
No new sales.
1 closed sale: 11526 Laika Ln 4/4 duplex $1.725M.

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.

Until next week! Enjoy your weekends wherever you are & please contact the SanibelSusan Team for your real estate needs. We are always ready to help you!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

Brrrr…It’s Cold Outside

Well, this week has been a cold week on Sanibel. We won’t complain though, as we are thinking of everyone elsewhere in the US dealing with far greater cold temps. Stay warm & safe everyone.

Insurers Try New Tactic To Limit Damage Claims

Florida Realtors logoHere is an article posted on FloridaRealtors® website: Some Florida homeowners are discovering their insurance companies are employing an interesting strategy to avoid future claims costs.

Settlement checks sent by at least three companies include language stating that accepting the check releases the companies from further obligations connected to the claim.

Plaintiffs’ attorneys say they have major problems with this strategy: It tries to intimidate policyholders into not seeking payment for additional costs that come up during repairs and is likely unenforceable.

Palmetto Bay-based trial attorney Joe Ligman pointed to a section of Florida insurance law stating an insurer, after paying “actual cash value” for an insured loss minus any applicable deductible, “shall pay any remaining amounts necessary to perform such repairs as work is performed and expenses are incurred.”

But that’s not what notices from two of Florida’s largest insurers say.

On the back side of checks sent to homeowners, Fort Lauderdale-based Universal Property & Casualty includes the statement that an endorsement by the payee “constitutes receipt and release in full settlement for the claim or item mentioned in the draft.” Universal P&C is the state’s largest property insurer, with 612,227 policies statewide and 237,172 in the tri-county region as of Sept. 30, according to state records.

Along with a check sent to at least one of its homeowners, Deerfield Beach-based People’s Trust Insurance sent a letter stating that “your endorsement of the indemnity check constitutes a full accord and satisfaction of a disputed loss.”

And a third company, Sarasota-based Gulfstream Property and Casualty Insurance Co., enclosed with checks to at least two victims of Hurricane Irma a “release of property damage” that “does hereby … release, acquit and forever discharge” the company and its officials “from any and all claims, actions, causes of actions, demands, rights, damages, costs, loss of service, expenses and compensation whatsoever” stemming from the hurricane.

By contrast, state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp. acknowledged in December that rising labor and materials costs triggered by Hurricane Irma would likely result in higher repair costs than initially estimated.

“As they go through the claims and repairs process, things will come up that may require us to readdress [and reopen] the claim,” Citizens spokesman Michael Peltier said Wednesday.

Locke Burt, chairman and president of Ormond Beach-based Security First Insurance, said his firm does not send release language with its claims checks “because we agree with the trial lawyer. It wouldn’t stand up in court.” Plus, he said, “We wouldn’t treat people that way.”

The Sun Sentinel contacted Universal P&C, People’s Trust and Gulfstream and asked each why they assert that acceptance of a settlement check releases them from supplemental claims.

The state law requiring insurers to pay any remaining amounts for additional work does not apply to People’s Trust, which operates a unique business model known as “managed repair,” countered Amy Rosen, the company’s chief marketing officer.

The company, with 129,626 policies statewide and 56,511 in the tri-county region, provides a premium discount in exchange for a customer’s agreement to use its affiliated “Rapid Response Team” contractor to make repairs. Rosen said it only sends the letter asserting acceptance of its check releases it from future obligations when a policyholder “wishes to receive a monetary payment in exchange for [the company’s] agreement to waive its right to have [the Rapid Response Team] perform the repairs.”

“If the insured accepts the monetary payment … then a settlement has been reached,” Rosen said. “If the insured does not accept the payment, then [the Rapid Response Team] repairs the property and, if additional covered damage is found, that is also repaired.”

Perry Cone, Gulfstream’s general counsel, declined to respond to questions about why it directs its policyholders to sign the release forms. “Gulfstream absolutely follows Florida law in its claims handling processes,” Cone wrote.

Travis Miller, spokesman for Universal Property & Casualty, said the statement on the checks “does not preclude claims for replacement costs or supplemental damage,” adding it “represents payment for items that have been reported to the insurer, have been reviewed, and are included within the scope of the draft.” He said other statements with the check will specify that the release pertains to a portion of coverage the check is for, such as additional living expenses, and “does not affect other payments such as replacement costs or other portions of the same claim [or any other claim.]”

Trial attorney Ligman, representing a policyholder who has declined to endorse a check from Universal, has filed a petition asking a Miami-Dade County circuit court judge to determine whether endorsement of the company’s check would bar him from making future claims.

“Universal refuses to change their check policy and continues to send the check release endorsement in violation of Florida law in order to trick their insureds to believe that they are releasing all future claims,” the petition states.

Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity December 29, 2017 – January 5, 2018



1 new listing: Sandy Bend #4 2/2 $779K.

6 price changes: Tennisplace #D21 1/1 now $244.8K, Captains Walk #B2 1/1 now $249K (our listing), Lighthouse Point #220 2/2 now $450K, Pine Cove #102 3/2 now $1.25M, Gulfside Place #123 2/2 now $1.273M, Plantation Village #312 3/2.5 now $1.749M.

1 new sale: By-The-Sea #9 3/2 listed at $1.749M.

2 closed sales: Sanibel Arms #F2 1/1 $470K, Nutmeg Village #205 2/2 $745K.


8 new listings: 9477 Peaceful Dr 3/2 $537K; 887 Casa Ybel Rd 5/3 duplex $575K; 1513 Sand Castle Rd 2/2.5 $689,000; 3010 West Gulf Dr 3/2 $799K; 529 Lake Murex Cir 3/2 $799,997; 9028 Mockingbird Dr 4/3 $889K; 4960 Joewood Dr 3/3 $1.049M; 940 Spoonbill Ct 3/2.5 $1.195M.

6 price changes: 9292 Kincaid Ct 3/2 now $489K, 4542 Bowen Bayou Rd 3/2 now $548K, 1327 Tahiti Dr 2/2 now $630K, 6123 Starling Way 3/2.5 now $1.225M, 1995 My Tern Ct 4/2 now $1.389M; 2029 Periwinkle Way 4/3 now $1.899M.

12 new sales: 1613 Sand Castle Rd 3/2.5 listed at $499K, 9446 Yucca Ct 3/2 listed at $545K, 2521 Key Lime Pl 3/2 listed at $599K, 241 Violet Dr 3/2.5 listed at $750K, 335 East Gulf Dr 3/2 listed at $1.095M, 1307 Par View Dr 3/3 listed at $1.1M, 1277 Par View Dr 4/3.5 listed at $1.15M, 1106 Buttonwood Ln 3/2 listed at $1.2M, 1313 Eagle Run Dr 3/3 listed at $1.35M, 1052 Whisperwood Ln 3/3 listed at $1.499M, 3945 West Gulf Dr 3/3 listed at $3.195M, 4115 West Gulf Dr 4/5 listed at $5.485M.

4 closed sales: 725 Nerita St 2/1 $385K, 5292 Umbrella Pool Rd 3/2 $540K, 3273 Twin Lakes Ln 3/2 $820K, 4155 West Gulf Dr 4/3 $4M.


No new listings or price changes.

1 new sale: 667 Birdie View Pt listed at $345K.

No closed sales.



1 new listing: Tennis Villas #3216 1/1 $330K.

1 price change: Marina Villas #610 2/2 now $725K.

1 new sale: Beach Villas #2514 2/2 listed at $609K.

No closed sales.


2 new listings: 20 Urchin Ct 2/2.5 $989K, 16801 Captiva Dr 3/3.5 $2.695M.

2 price changes: 1114 Schefflera Ct 4/3.5 now $2.899M, 15133 Captiva Dr 3/3 now $3.2M.

1 new sale: 1121 Schefflera Ct 4/4.5 listed at $5.6M.

2 closed sales: 11461 Old Lodge Ln 2/2 $995K, 11500 Gore Ln 3/2 $1.15M.


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.

Have A Great Weekend!

Elise for The SanibelSusan Team














Merry Christmas from Sanibel

It’s been a beautiful weather week, some fog in the early mornings, but with sunny skies every day. The Christmas Eve & Christmas Day forecasts look just as nice & sunny.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors®

Sanibel realtors logoAs a reminder, there was no Realtor® Caravan this week, but the every-Thursday-morning schedule begins again on Dec 28 with a West Caravan.

ding darling goose logoFree Refuge Programs and Tours Begin In January 

This year, JN “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge adds a new Horseshoe Crab program to its calendar of daily free tours and activities. The seasonal calendar of free programs and tours begins on Tuesday, January 2 and runs through April 8. Daily programs begin at 8:30 a.m. and include programs such as Nature Photography, Beach Walk, Birds of Prey, and Indigo Trail Walk. They have something for visitors of all ages and the programs/tours last anywhere from a half hour to two hours. For a full calendar of programs/tours and descriptions, visit

henderson-franklinRent Tax Reduced Beginning January 1, 2018

Here is an article written by Henderson Franklin, Attorneys at Law:

The Florida Legislature recently delivered a small win for the business community with Florida House Bill 7109. Effective January 1, 2018, Florida Statute 212.031(1)(c) is amended by lowering the sales tax levied against commercial tenants from 6% to 5.8%. A more significant decrease would have been better, but commercial tenants will take what they can get, we suspect. The tax – known as the Business Rent Tax or “the BRT” – affects commercial tenants including retail, office space, and industrial tenants.

What is the BRT?

The Florida Legislature enacted the BRT in 1969, declaring that the business of renting, leasing, letting or granting a license for the use of commercial real property is a “taxable privilege.” In part because Florida has no personal income tax, the state government relies on sales taxes, including the BRT, as a significant source of revenue. Many local governments also impose a local option sales tax on top of the state BRT.

Florida is the only state to levy a statewide tax against commercial tenants, and thereby creates a competitive disadvantage for Florida businesses that lease rather than own their commercial space.

House Bill 7109

Florida’s BRT is unique from a national perspective in two respects: not only is it the only standard, statewide sales tax on commercial real estate rents, but unlike other corporate taxes, it is not pegged to profitability. As a result, the BRT significantly raises occupancy costs on all commercial tenants, regardless of their financial condition. New and/or struggling businesses in Florida may have the greatest difficulty with the burden this tax creates, and these businesses are likely to benefit the most from the tax relief in House Bill 7109.


Many voices within Florida’s business community have pushed for years for steep cuts to the BRT and, beginning in 2018, start to see their lobbying efforts bear fruit. Considering the significant impact the tax has on occupancy costs, the BRT should continue to be the subject of considerable debate in Tallahassee. As with all tax matters, please consult with your tax professional.

homesteadYou Can Inherit A Home, But You Can’t Inherit Taxes

Here is a helpful article posted at FloridaRealtors®. This one on Dec 18, 2017 is credited to Marty Kiar, Broward County property appraiser.

“The family home often passes from generation to generation as parents pass on, but Broward County’s property appraiser says he often gets a similar question the following year: Why did my property taxes go up so much?

“This happens when the decedent’s Homestead Exemption is removed the year following their passing and the Save Our Homes value is reset,” says Broward’s Marty Kiar. While alive, the parents had a cap on the amount their property taxes could go up each year thanks to Florida’s homestead exemption.

However, that protection ends and the house’s taxable value resets when it gets a new owner, even if that new owner inherited the house from his or her parents. In some cases, that higher taxable value can be dramatic.

Kiar notes only a few exceptions: A surviving spouse can inherit a house as well as the existing tax savings via Save Our Homes, as can a “legal dependent who was permanently residing on the property at the time of the decedent’s death.”

In all other cases, the new owner – even if he or she grew up in that house – must file for a new Homestead Exemption when they become the legal owner. Once filed, they also then have protection from yearly increases through Save Our Homes, though going forward it’s based on the first year they applied for the Homestead Exemption.”

Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity December 15-22, 2017 



7 new listings: Spanish Cay #4 2/2 $374K, Sundial West #G105 1/1 $425K, Blind Pass #B211 2/2 $469K, Sunset South #1A 2/2 $775K, Loggerhead Cay #134 2/2 $995K, Tanglewood #1A 3/2 $1.149M, Atrium #201 3/3 $1.495M.

3 price changes: Sundial West #G204 2/2 now $649,999; Island Beach Club #220E 2/2 now $979K; Pointe Santo #E23 2/2 now $995K.

2 new sales: Sundial West #G105 1/1 listed at $425K, Sundial West #J207 2/2 listed at $695K.

6 closed sales: Seashells #44 2/2 $320K, Captians Walk #B5 2/1 $340K, Sundial West #C306 1/1 $404.5K, Blind Pass #B207 2/2.5 $469K, Sanibel Arms West #G8 2/2 $475K, Bougainvillea #A3 4/4 $3.55M.


12 new listings: 1613 Sand Castle Rd 3/2.5 half-duplex $499K, 1027 Sand Castle Rd 2/2 $575K, 693 Rabbit Rd 3/2 $579K, 2521 Key Lime Pl 3/2 $599K, 1357 Jamaica Dr 2/3 duplex $650K, 1521 Wilton Ln 3/2 $784.5K, 4791 Rue Helene 3/2 $875K, 1106 Buttonwood Ln 3/2 $1.2M, 4166 Dingman Dr 4/4 $2.9M, 772 Birdie View Pt 3/3.5 $1.395M, 1035 Kings Crown Dr 4/3 $1.7495M, 1191 Bird Ln 5/4.5 $7.9M.

5 price changes: 667 Spartina Ct 3/2 now $619,555; 5299 Ladyfinger Lake Rd 3/3 now $648K; 1656 Middle Gulf Dr 3/4 now $990K; 5403 Shearwater Dr 4/3 now $1.195M; 2939 Wulfert Rd 5/5/2 now $1.349M.

9 new sales: 915 Palm St 3/2 listed at $475K, 3273 Twin Lakes Ln 3/2 listed at $825K, 3358 Saint Kilda Rd 3/3 listed at $979K, 932 Whelk Dr 3/3 listed at $1.224M, 899 Almas Ct 3/2 listed at $1.249M, 2441 Wulfert Rd 4/4.5 listed at $1.295M, 2190 Starfish Ln 3/3 listed at $1.395M, 1525 San Carlos Bay Dr 3/2 listed at $1.675M, 267 Ferry Landing Dr 3/2 listed at $1.795M.

1 closed sale: 4775 Rue Helene 4/3 $737.5K.


1 new listings: 2987 Wulfert Rd $450K.

No price changes.

1 new sale: 1311 Par View Dr listed at $274K.

1 closed sale: 461 Lake Murex Cir $325K. 



No new listings.

1 price change: Sunset Captiva #302 4/3 now $2.895M.

2 new sales: Tennis Villas #3210 1/1 listed at $300K, Lands End Village #1657 2/2 listed at $1.095M

1 closed sale: Lands End Village #1660 3/3 $1.5375M.


2 new listings: 11526 Laika Ln 4/4 duplex $1.749M, 16814 Captiva Dr 5/5.5 $8.2M.

2 price changes: 16163 Captiva Dr 3/2 now $2.795M, 16447 Captiva Dr 6/5/2 now $3.599M.

No new or closed sales.


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.

Santa on Beach

Wishing You & Your Family A Happy Holiday Weekend!

Elise for The SanibelSusan Team


Pre-Holiday Happenings on Sanibel

It’s been a week of wonderful, though chilly, island weather. We’ve had the heat on in the office for a few days and been wearing sweaters, while those here on vacation continue to pedal and jog by in their shorts and tee-shirts. Forecasts say that it will be back up into the 60’s by tomorrow, with temperatures expected to creep up into the high 70’s again by early next week.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors®

Sanibel realtors logoIt was standing room only yesterday at the Association of Realtors® December Membership Meeting followed by east-end Caravan. A big crowd always comes when we have a speaker from the City of Sanibel. This year, it was Senior Planner, Roy Gibson. His short power-point covered three documents and followed with questions/answers.

  1. The Sanibel Report – An early history of the island, the Sanibel Plan is a scientific document published in 1976. It’s probably best known as an environmental assessment of Sanibel, a natural systems study, if you will. It is no longer in publication, but it provided the scientific foundation of the areas that today are known as the island ecological zones.
  2. The Sanibel Plan – Developed in 1975 (after City incorporation in late 1974), this is a living document accessible at the City website, It contains the vision statement for the island, describing how Sanibel is 1st a Sanctuary, 2nd a Community, and 3rd an Attraction. It provides the zoning maps and provides the regulatory framework for the City including its goals, objectives, and policies.
  3. The Sanibel Code – This is the document most often used by the Planning Department and island Realtors®. It’s the operations guide for the City. (We all got a chuckle out of Roy’s pop quiz to guess the weight of the printed document (which is 10.1 lbs). The lucky answerer got their own copy of the Code.) I have a hard-copy in my office too, but it’s much easier to read it on-line. The Sanibel Code contains the City Charter which describes how the City is governed and the Land Development Code. It’s that development code that comes into play in real estate transactions. There is a link to the Code on

No Realtor® Caravan next Thursday, but the every-Thursday-morning schedule begins again on Dec 28 with a West Caravan.

New Eats

  • Dante’s Coal-Fired Pizza – recently opened at The Sanibel Inn. With locations in Fort Myers and Coral, Dante’s is not new to SW Florida. They will have on-line ordering soon at
  • Lighthouse Café – will again be serving dinner starting today through April.
  • Farmers Market – begins on Captiva next Tues, Dec 19 and will be every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through April 3, at the entrance to South Seas Resort.

Conflict Over Vacation Rental Rights Brewing

Florida Realtors logoInteresting to see an article from Fort Myers Beach posted on line at FloridaRealtors®. This one on Dec 12, 2018 is credited to Laura Ruane, Journal Media Group. Sanibel already has a monthly-minimum on rental homes in residential communities.

“Homeowners have a right to live in peace, free of a steady stream of noisy interlopers, says Doris Grant, Fort Myers Beach resident.

“Government should respect owners’ rights and keep excessive laws off private property, says Joe Tekulve, an Ohio resident with a beach vacation home.

“It’s a battle of rights as some people ponder whether short-term vacation rentals should be more closely regulated, in particular by local governments.

“Two Lee County municipalities took up the matter recently. And, state lawmakers are expected to once again weigh in on short-term rental regulations in the upcoming session.

“Vacation rentals of fewer than 30 days are big business and growing: The Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation estimates the number of state-licensed, short-term rental units grew from 117,000 in 2012 to 131,000 in 2016. That growth may be vastly understated in this era of online platforms helping hospitality rookies rent out their spare bedrooms or entire homes.

“But as Airbnb, HomeAway, VRBO and others began marketing vacation rentals in less-commercial areas, complaints poured in from year-round residents. They say their neighborhoods are suffering from a revolving door of short-term renters – guests who sometimes thoughtlessly disturb the peace and character of a place.

“Multiple issues – Bad behavior by renters isn’t the only issue. Area hoteliers and property managers say the competitive field no longer is level when owners of homes and condos can rent out the dwellings for a day or two or more – and yet can ignore health and safety measures, tax remittance and other rules without penalty.

“In 2011, the Florida Legislature adopted measures prohibiting municipalities from regulating vacation rentals – unless they already had such laws in place. Florida was still working its way out of the Great Recession, so sympathy was high for property owners trying to earn a few bucks – and perhaps even avert foreclosure.

“At the same time, though, private equity firms were buying homes in foreclosure for pennies on the dollar, and turning some of them into vacation rentals. In some areas, rentals became dominant and operated like hotels, although often poorly managed.

“In 2014, the Legislature passed a bill “giving cities back the authority to regulate vacation rentals. But they could not regulate the duration of these rentals,” said Casey Cook, senior lobbyist with Florida League of Cities. Cook’s organization favors “home rule,” meaning municipalities decide what level of regulation is right for their residents.

“Last spring, a push championed by Sen. Greg Steube in the Legislature collapsed. That bill would have pre-empted local regulation of vacation rentals – other than existing laws grandfathered-in. However, the topic is far from dead: Two Senate Community Affairs Committee workshops in October took testimony on how to best regulate short-term rentals, and who should do it.

“When contacted in early November, a staffer in Steube’s Tallahassee office wouldn’t rule out the possibility another vacation rental bill could surface next year. Florida’s Senate will convene Jan. 9.

“Numerous Florida cities – including Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton and Hollywood – have tried to address the issues surrounding short-term rentals regulation. Locally, a rentals ordinance failed to pass muster with Cape Coral City Council. The town of Fort Myers Beach is still weighing its options.

In October, Cape Coral City Council rejected a short-term rentals ordinance that would have required property registrations, a city business license, inspections and the naming of a local contact for emergency purposes. The vote came following a second public hearing at which realty companies, local landlords and Airbnb hosts spoke against the measure.

“Cape Coral’s land-use regulations already prohibit renting to guests for periods of fewer than seven days, but they are not enforced. Host Compliance Software, which monitors short-term rental host agencies, estimated the city has more than 3,100 vacation rentals. This would include an unknown number that rent by the night, contrary to city law. Analysis by the city, which compared that group of rentals with the number of state-registered Cape short-term rentals, showed more than 2,000 are not registered with the state, as required. “We have a compliance issue with thousands of illegally operating short-term rentals in Cape Coral,” said Michael Ilczyszyn, assistant city manager.”

Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity December 8-15, 2017



8 new listings: Blind Pass #D101 2/2 $439K, White Caps South #5 1/1 $569K, Blind Pass #B209 3/2.5 $584.5K, Sundial West #J207 2/2 $695K, Sandalfoot #3C1 2/2 $749K, Sanibel Inn #3535 2/2 $765K, Sandpiper Beach #302 2/2 $850K, By-The-Sea #9 3/2 $1.749M.

2 price changes: Blind Pass #A205 2/2 now $418.9K, Snug Harbor #211 2/2 now $769K.

6 new sales: Colonnades #C3 1/1 listed at $225K, Sanibel Arms #F2 1/1 listed at $499.9K, Loggerhead Cay #153 2/2 listed at $919.9K, Shorewood #2B 3/3 listed at $1.568M. Captains Walk #B5 2/1 listed at $349K, Captains Walk #A8 2/2 listed at $349K.

2 closed sales: Sunset South #1C 2/2 $665K, Shell Island Beach Club #7B 2/2 $785K (our Buyer).


Boardwalk to beach at Shell Island Beach Club


11 new listings: 1357 Jamaica Dr 2/3 $650K, 2005 Mitzi Ln 2/2 $543.5K, 9446 Yucca Ct 3/2 $545K, 3043 Poinciana Cir 4/2 $575K, 1425 Causey Ct 4/3 $779K, 3323 Twin Lakes Ln 3/3 $829K, 335 East Gulf Dr 3/2 $1.095M, 2464 Blind Pass Ct 3/2 $1.3M, 1052 Whisperwood Way 3/3 $1.499M, 3615 West Gulf Dr 3/2 $2.995M, 1077 Bird Ln 4/5/2 $5.995M.

7 price changes: 1004 Spanish Laurel Ln 2/2 now $598K, 1710 Sand Pebble Way 3/2 now $629K, 5430 Osprey Ct 3/3 now $799K, 1183 Kittiwake Cir 3/2 now $799.9K, 1391 Jamaica Dr 4/3 now $1.349M, 6412 Pine Ave 3/2.5 now $1.245M, 794 Conch Ct 3/2.5 now $1.995M.

4 new sales: 5292 Umbrella Pool Rd 3/2 listed at $569K, 1317 Par View Dr 3/3 listed at $629K, 2030 Sunrise Cir 3/3 listed at $649K, 1149 Paper Fig Ct 4/3 listed at $2.245M.

2 closed sales: 981 Sand Castle Rd 3/2.5 $480K, 714 Durion Ct 3/2 $585K.


3 new listings: 555 Piedmont Rd $219,555; 5627 Baltusrol Ct $410K; 602 Boulder Dr $459K.

No price changes or new sales.

3 closed sales: 2501 Wulfert Rd $175K, 1299 Par View Dr $227K, 1415 Sanderling Cir $879.5K.



Nothing to report.


2 new listings: 11541 Wightman Ln 3/3 $2.175M, 16151 Captiva Dr 4/3 multi-family $7.9M.

No price changes, new, or closed sales.


1 new listing: 15295 Captiva Dr $899K.

No price changes, new, or 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.

Have a great weekend!

Elise for The SanibelSusan Team

Cold Front Arriving – Island Style


It’s SanibelSusan, again reporting that all is well on the islands, as we await our first winter cool front which is expected to arrive tomorrow after some rain.

We may need to get out our Christmas sweaters by Sunday, as the latest forecast calls for highs in the 60’s/low 70’s with nighttime lows into the 40’s for about the next week. Yikes!

Sanibel realtors logoBig difference yesterday compared to last Thursday at our local Association of Realtors® Caravan Meeting. This week, attendance was light, just a handful of new listings were open for viewing, and “no” new sales were announced. Our listing in Seagull Estates went under contract shortly after the meeting, so I will have that to announce at next week’s event which will be our December monthly membership meeting. The activity posted in the Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service since last Friday follows a few news items below.

Sanibel Shoes for Homeless Veterans

American Legion logoUntil Dec 19, the American Legion Post 123 at 4249 San-Cap Rd is collecting shoes for homeless veterans. Donations of new sneakers, work boots, dress shoes, and socks are being accepted.

Upcoming Events

  • Holiday Stroll – tonight 12/8, tomorrow night 12/9, & 12/15, 12/16, 12/22, & 12/23 from 6 to 9 p.m. at South Seas Island Resort yacht harbor and marina. Tickets $10, children under 10 free. Proceeds to benefit Community Cooperative.
  • BIG ARTS Holiday Concerts – at 7 p.m. in Schein Performance Hall, The Band Concert is tomorrow night, 12/9. The Chorus concert is Thurs, 12/14 (you-know-who is singing). Tickets still available for both events.
  • Captiva Carol Sing – Sun, 12/10 at 6 p.m. at the historic Chapel by the Sea. It’s fun, though may be chilly, with singing of holiday favorites by a few soloists and attendees. Six of us from the BIG ARTS Chorus will be singing “Carols Around” and “It’s a Wonderful Time of the Year”.
  • Shell Harbor Boat Parade – CANCELLED. It was scheduled for 12/16.
  • 5th Annual Heart Walk & Wellness Festival – Sun, Jan 28, at the Community House beginning at 2 p.m. More info at

Mortgage Rates Rise as Economy Shows Signs of Strength

associated-press-logoThe following article was posted yesterday on FloridaRealtors® on-line with credit to The Associated Press:

“U.S. mortgage rates rose this week as the economy showed signs of strength, which makes it more likely that the Federal Reserve will raise its short-term rate next week.

“The rate on the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 3.94% from 3.9% last week, mortgage giant Freddie Mac said. The 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage, popular among homeowners seeking to refinance, also increased, rising to 3.36% from 3.3%.

“The five-year adjustable mortgage rate rose for the third straight week to 3.35% from 3.32% last week.

“Shorter-term rates are rising more quickly than longer-term debt, and the gap between the 30-year mortgage and five-year has narrowed since the summer. As a result, more homebuyers are choosing the longer-term fixed rate, Freddie Mac said.

“Even with the increase, the 30-year rate is down from the beginning of the year, when it stood at 4.13%. Any rate below 5% is low by historic standards.

“The number of people seeking unemployment benefits is near a four-decade low and surveys of manufacturers and service firms point to healthy growth.

“Federal Reserve policymakers meet next week and are widely expected to lift their short-term rate for the third time this year.”

Florida Regulators Approve Citizens Insurance Rate Hikes

news service of FL logoI was recently notified that another insurance company is picking up the wind policy on my home. It previously was covered by Citizens Property Insurance. If you still have coverage by Citizens you may be interested in this article posted on-line yesterday by News Service of Florida, Tallahassee.

“State regulators have approved a series of rate increases for Citizens Property Insurance customers now that a 90-day rate freeze due to Hurricane Irma has been lifted.

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation said Wednesday that it approved an average 6.6% increase for homeowners’ multi-peril policies under the Florida-owned property insurer. That increase is slightly lower than a 6.7% hike requested by Citizens.

The average wind-only homeowners’ policy will go up 0.9%, rather than the 1.7% sought by the state-backed Citizens.

Regulators approved Citizens’ request for a 4.8% increase in multi-peril coverage for condominium associations, while wind-only condominium association policies will see a 10.1% hike.

“Actual rate changes will vary across the state and even within local areas based on factors such as the amount of coverage, the type of policy and the location of the property.

“Because of the freeze imposed after Hurricane Irma, the new rates will begin May 1, 2018, rather than Feb. 1 as initially requested.

“Citizens had 448,737 policies as of Oct. 31, 2017, with residential homeowners making up the majority of them.”

Walk-Through Woes

Florida Realtors logoMost seasoned Realtors® have gone through their share of walk-through woes. I’ve heard the stories, but I guess that I have been lucky as I’ve not encountered any unusual scenarios. That didn’t keep me from getting a chuckle from the following article written by Meredith Caruso. She is the Manager of Member Legal Communications for Florida Realtors®. Maybe you will enjoy it too.

“In the final days before a closing, most buyers choose to do a walk-through of the property. Under Florida Realtors’ contracts, they’re entitled to do this on either the day before or day of closing. While not mandatory, the walk-through can be an important buyer step to confirm that the property is in the condition warranted by the contract.

“Unfortunately, sellers can sometimes leave items that the buyer doesn’t want or take things meant to stay. Here are some tips to assist you should you find yourself faced with an upset buyer or a sneaky seller right before the closing:

“Scenario 1: Into the darkness – The buyer showed up at the property for a walk-through and noticed that the seller removed all the lightbulbs – including ones used for recessed lighting in the 20-foot ceiling. The buyer was very upset because purchasing and installing new lightbulbs is costly.

“The seller pointed to the contract and said that nothing obligated him to leave the lightbulbs because, in his opinion, lightbulbs aren’t fixtures required to stay. The buyer wanted the seller to credit him several hundred dollars at closing to cover this new expense. The seller refused.

“What now? To start, it’s important to remember that professionalism must prevail if faced with this type of situation. Do not pick up the phone and scream at the listing agent about how her client is in breach of contract. Often times, the listing agent has no idea the seller did this. Instead, try to address your buyers concerns by saying that you’ll get in touch with the listing agent to see why this has happened.

“To prepare for that call, ask your buyer what he thinks would remedy the situation, such as a credit at closing for the lightbulbs. Then reach out to the listing agent and discuss how you can work together to remedy the situation. Please note: In this particular example, based on the Florida Realtors/Florida Bar contract (FR/Bar), the buyer isn’t entitled to anything. But the point can always be negotiated.

“Scenario 2: Why’d it have to be snakes? – Buyers came in from out of town, and they arranged to meet their agent at the property a few hours before closing for a final walk-through. The buyer’s agent arrived early and decided to take a quick look around to make sure nothing was amiss. Upon entering the garage, however, the agent saw that a large glass fish tank was still there – worse, it contained a massive python.

“The agent panicked. His buyers won’t want a large predatory snake in their garage, but the sellers told him that they wouldn’t remove it – take it or leave it. What now?

“Believe it or not, this scenario actually happened. The agent resolved the issue by calling local animal control, and they removed the animal before closing.

“Yes, the Florida Realtors/Florida Bar contract says all of the sellers’ personal belongings will be removed from the property; but the fact is, it doesn’t always happen. In this case, the agent was proactive and got the issue resolved before it became a bigger problem that could have derailed the closing.

“However, take the snake component out of this example and replace it with a sofa that the sellers left behind, and the end result is similar. Yes, the seller was to remove this personal property item, but no, the seller simply did not.

“In cases like this, the core question is: Will the buyer refuse to close because of the personal property item being behind? While a snake can’t be tossed in the trash, the buyer may decide it is easier to drag the couch to the curb than not close on the home.

Not always easy – Of course, there are instances without an easy solution. For example, what if the seller removes all the stainless-steel appliances and replaces them with mismatched older versions? Here the buyer has legal options and may well want to contact his attorney and ask how to proceed.

“Remember too that you and the other agent in the transaction should be working towards the shared goal of getting the parties to closing. Being on “opposite sides” and demanding results from either party rarely leads to a happy ending.

“Always keep in mind that you and your fellow Realtors are in this transaction together and continue to remain professional, even in the face of an upset or difficult customer.’

Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity December 1-8, 2017

sancap GO MLS logoSanibel


7 new listings: Colonnades #C3 1/1 $225K, Tennisplace #E32 2/1 $299K, Loggerhead Cay #163 2/2 $819K, White Sands #32 2/2 $1.095M, Island Beach Club #220D 2/2 #1.45M, Island Beach Club #230D 2/2 $1.45M, By-the-Sea #A302 3/2 $1.745M.

3 price changes: Lighthouse Point #220 now $482.5K, Sanibel Moorings #941 2/2 now 549K, Loggerhead Cay #402 2/2 now $580K.

No new sales.

4 closed sales: Coquina Beach #5B 2/2 $390K, Sundial West #B108 1/1 $450K, Sanibel Siesta #303 2/2 $507K, Sanibel Moorings #612 2/2 $545K.


11 new listings: 1611 Sand Castle Rd 3/2.5 half-duplex $459K, 1190 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 $647.5K,

5301 Ladyfinger Lake Rd 3/2 $649K, 1265 Par View Dr 3/2.5 929K, 2480 Library Way 3/2.5 $995K,

1199 Par View Dr 3/2.5 $1.099M, 580 Lake Murex Cir 3/2 $1.249M, 500 Periwinkle Way 3/3 $1.249M, 2441 Wulfert Rd 4/4.5 1.295M, 1528 San Carlos Bay Dr 3/3 $1.85M, 794 Conch Ct 3/2.5 $2.095M.

8 price changes: 1029 Dixie Beach Blvd 2/2 now $419K, 474 Lake Murex Cir 3/2 now $685K,

5280 Umbrella Pool Rd 3/3 now $699K, 225 Daniel Dr 3/2.5 now $739K, 1470 Angel Dr 3/2 now $948K, 1426 Causey Ct 3/2.5 now $1.25M, 1272 Isabel Dr 4/4.5 now $3.299M, 1304 Seaspray Ln 3/2.5 now $4.345M.

7 new sales: 1817 Atlanta Plaza Dr 3/2 listed at $449.9K, 700 Nerita St 3/2 listed at $725K, 239 Daniel Dr 3/2 listed at $1.069M (our listing & sale), 900 Almas Ct 3/3.5 listed at $1.199M, 960 Victoria Way 3/3 listed at $1.779M, 1255 Isabel Dr 3/3 listed at $1.795M, 4731 Rue Belle Mer 3/2 listed at $2.65M.

1 closed sale: 9459 Begonia Ct 3/4 $600K.


1 new listing: 5847 Pine Tree Dr $369,555.

4 price changes: 2372 Wulfert Rd now $179K, 6027 Dinkins Lake Rd now $239.8K, 5648 Baltusrol Ct now $339K, 5642 Baltusrol Ct now $339K.

No new or closed sales.



1 new listing: Lands End Village #1662 3/3 $2.395M.

No price changes or new sales.

1 closed sale: Beach Villas #2523 1/1 $537K.


3 new listings: 11521 Andy Rosse Ln 7/8 $2.799M, 16825 Captiva Dr 3/2.5 $2.895M, 15161 Wiles Dr 5/5.5 $3.1M.

No price changes, new, or closed sales.


1 new listing: 16970 Captiva Dr $3.995M.

No price changes, new, or 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.

Enjoy your weekend… stay warm!captiva-chapel-by-the-sea-carol-sing

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan