Washing Hands & Taking Time to Smell the Gardenia


SanibelSusan is operating solo again today. The team and I are following recommendations about staying at home with only occasional exceptions. I haven’t seen their smiling faces in what seems like forever, but thanks to texting and social media, we stay in touch.

Saturday, I made my weekly trip to Bailey’s for groceries. It was heartwarming to see their workers smiling and shelves stocked. Richard Johnson himself was filling the paper goods aisle and handed me a container of Tropical Seas Hand Sanitizer. Said he’d just gotten it in from the other coast. (It’s from Ormond Beach – antibacterial, biodegradable, non-toxic to sea life, and smells wonderful. www.tropicalseas.com.)

Tuesday, right on time, teammate Dave had a closing at Knight Barry Title for a Gulf Harbour condo listing. Heidi at Knight Barry said their office had some busy days with end-of-the-month closings. They also have received a couple of orders for new contracts (encouraging news). I got a chuckle when she said that Jackie did one closing on the hood of a car in their parking lot – keeping socially distanced.

I just made a quick trip to West Gulf Dr to check our listing at Tarpon Beach #207. It really is a shame that the island is closed. Look at how beautiful the gulf is!

A couple of news items below cover how the island is responding to the coronavirus and how FloridaRealtors® has advised its members. After that is the weekly action posted in the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service.

Protecting Islanders

Below is the WinkNews.com posting last night from their interview with Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane:

Sanibel mayor talks about how they are protecting island residents

“It’s already quieter on Sanibel. The beaches are closed and you can no longer rent a room at a hotel.

“We asked Mayor Kevin Ruane how else they could be protecting full-time residents and if they would go as far as closing the only way on and off the island. “We’re not opposed to going to a hurricane pass situation like we had during the hurricane,” he said. “Without the pass, you can’t come out on the island.”

“When it came to police being used to stop non-residents from entering the island, Ruane said they’re not looking at that as an option right now. “But certainly, that’s not necessarily something that’s not going to be on the table or under consideration in the future,” he added.

“Ruane says since the average age of full-time residents is 67, he’s trying to educate everyone on how to stay safe. “We’re trying to embrace social distancing or educating our community, working with our local grocery stores, making sure they have the necessary tools, putting x’s on the bottom of their floors when you keep six feet apart. Again, we’re trying to be as proactive as we can. I’ve said to my senior citizens, stay home,” he said.

“So far, he says the three people diagnosed with COVID-19 on the island are doing okay and want to make sure the message of “stay home if you can” really sticks.

“The mayor says they also had to furlough 47 part-time employees and hope to eventually bring them all back.

“For Sanibel’s COVID-19 updates, click here.

Latest Info on Coronavirus for Realtors® in Florida

Below are some excerpts from an article posted today (Apr 3, 2020) at FloridaRealtors® on-line:

“Florida Realtors is monitoring everything regarding how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the real estate industry and Realtors and sharing it here.

Florida stay-at-home order:  Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order calling for all Floridians to stay home except to obtain essential services. This order is effective at midnight April 2 and lasts 30 days. Per the order, residential and commercial real estate, including settlement services, are considered essential. Although members may continue to operate, they are not required to do so. A second executive order clarified that the stay-at-home order “shall supersede any conflicting official action or order issued by local officials in response to COVID-19.”

Suspension of vacation rentals: In an effort to discourage visitors to the state who may be carrying the coronavirus, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced a two-week suspension of new vacation rentals (30 days or 1 calendar month, whichever is less). The order does not apply to current occupants of vacation rentals. The Executive Order can be found here.

COVID-19 extension addendum to contract: Florida Realtors released a new contract extension addendum that allows for time periods and dates to be extended as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 and contract performance: The COVID-19 pandemic is certainly unprecedented, but is it considered, legally speaking, an “act of God”? Here’s a look at how a court may rule on real estate disputes that arise from transactions during this time. The white paper can also be downloaded as a PDF here.

Remote notaries: On Jan. 1, authorization for remote notarizations became law, meaning buyers and sellers no longer have to be in the same room. Here’s what you need to know.

Open houses: All Realtors are encouraged to follow NAR’s guidance regarding Open Houses found here.

CDC business safety strategies: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released guidance for businesses and employers here.

“NAR guides for Realtors and Realtor Associations: The National Association of Realtors has posted a guide for Realtors in relation to COVID-19 and a guide for Realtor Associations in relation to COVID-19.

Travel guidance: Here is specific information from the CDC regarding travel.”

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity March 27 – April 3, 2020

Sanibel

CONDOS

2 new listings: Coquina Beach #5B 2/2 $449K, Sundial #D403 1/1 $529K.

No price changes.

1 new sale: High Tide #A101 2/2 asking $1.295M.

3 closed sales: Mariner Pointe #1052 2/2 $475K, Pointe Santo #C2 2/2 $757.5K, Sundial #K103 2/2 $823K.

HOMES

1 new listing: 1361 Tahiti Dr 2/2 $535K.

3 price changes: 433 Lake Murex Cir 3/2 now $569K, 1285 Par View 4/2.5 now $799K, 1747 Jewel Box Dr 3/2 now $889K.

No new sales.

7 closed sales: 965 Beach Rd 3/2 $447K; 1458 Sandpiper Cir 3/2.5 $465K; 1607 Sand Castle Rd 3/2.5 $530K; 1244 Par View Dr 4/3 $794,208; 1333 Eagle Run Dr 3/2.5 $975K; 3358 Saint Kilda Rd 3/3 $995K; 4143 West Gulf Dr 3/3.5 $4.55M.

LOTS

No new listings.

2 price changes: 486 Ponce De Leon Rd now $219K; 1219 Par View Dr now $284,999.

No new or closed sales.

Captiva

CONDOS

No new listings, price changes, new or closed sales.

HOMES

1 new listing: 15146 Wiles Dr 2/2 $2.389M.

No price changes, new or closed sales.

LOTS

No new listings, price changes, or new sales.

1 closed sale: 16151 & 16155 Captiva Dr $3M.

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 Associations.

Until next Friday, stay well, wash those hands, & continue to take the time to smell the roses (at my house now, it’s the gardenias – they are just starting to bloom & smell so good),

If you get too bored give me a call, taking about real estate is way more fun than commiserating about the virus.

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

Practicing Social Distancing at SanibelSusan Realty


It’s SanibelSusan reporting that though our physical office has been closed since last Friday, I could stand it at home no longer and am in the office today (locked in alone) playing catch-up and preparing this update on my comfy office computer.

As you may have already heard, most island businesses are closed. Sanibel’s two grocery stores and two pharmacies remain open, some with reduced hours. County-regulated beaches like the causeway and Bowman’s have been closed for some time, with Sanibel’s “pay” parking lots also closed, as well as the fishing pier.

Yesterday, Sanibel City Council posted that island events and City meetings have been canceled through the end of April. Businesses providing accommodations and short-term rentals (for periods of less than 7 days) have been directed to cancel those short reservations through April. Restaurants also are closed, with some still open limited hours for take-out. However, selling alcohol for on-site consumption is prohibited.

So, though I always try to make the best of any situation and always be “kind”, it made me angry to drive down Periwinkle this morning and see the bike path packed and several businesses still open with lots of cars in their parking lots. I could see people congregating in groups.

As a small business owner, I certainly can understand that any income may be better than none, but we all need to be practicing social distancing and staying home (or locked in a closed office).

As of the latest report (5 p.m. last night) from the Florida Department of Health, there are 61 cases of the virus in Lee County, including two on Sanibel.

The SanibelSusan Team can work from home. Dave and Elise also have plenty of sick leave which they may take as they want. Dave has an off-island closing scheduled next week that is expected to close on time, while on Monday Elise will become the principal at her home school with her kiddos. In the meantime, we all will do our best to get our listings sold and keep our contracted sales on track.

The activity since last Friday in the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service is below. No new sales in the last seven days on either island.

I have received a few emails about what I think with happen with our market and regarding listing property now. Then, this afternoon I got a call from some folks who have been here all month and are heading home on Monday. Sure, I can show them a condo today at 5 p.m. It is a unit that hasn’t be occupied for more than two weeks (so should be safe), and we will stay at least six feet apart and with sanitizing wipes in hand. Wish me luck! (It’s not one of our listings, but proves our open houses followed up by post card mailings work.)

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity March 20-27, 2020

Sanibel

CONDOS

2 new listings: Colonnades #13 1/1 $315K, Sandy Bend #7 2/2 $815K.

2 price changes: Sanibel Arms #B1 1/1 now $432K, Tantara #203 3/2 now $1.179M.

No new sales.

4 closed sales: Spanish Cay #F8 2/2 $360K; Blind Pass C204 2/2 $469K; Sand Pointe #137 2/2 $1,062,500; Seascape #304 3/3 $1.2M.

HOMES

4 new listings:  1677 Atlanta Plaza Dr 2/1.5,1329 Eagle Run Dr 3/2.5 $1.375M, 815 Birdie View Pt 3/3 $1.395M, 1245 Isabel Dr 3/3.5 $2.149M.

6 price changes: 730 Cardium St 2/2 now $534K; 1573 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 now $549.5K; 1076 Sand Castle Rd 2/2 now $670K; 987 Sand Castle Rd 4/3.5 now $695K; 5834 Pine Tree Dr 2/2 now $739,555; 4014 W Gulf Dr 4/3 now $3.699M.

No new sales.

4 closed sales: 1925 Roseate Ln 2/2 $585K, 1800 Ardsley Way 3/2 $655K, 975 Sand Castle Rd 3/2.5 $781K, 532 Sea Oats Dr 3/4 $1,167,500.

LOTS

No new listings, price changes, new sales, or closed sales.

Captiva

CONDOS

1 new listing: Tennis Villas A209 1/1 $309K, Seabreeze #1251 3/3 $2.25M.

No price changes.

No new sales.

2 closed sales: Lands End Village #1619 2/2 $1.48M, Beach Homes #33 3/2 $1.5M.

HOMES

No new listings, price changes, new sales, or closed sales.

LOTS

No new listings, price changes, or new sales.

1 closed sale: 15295 Captiva Dr $850K.

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.

I also was interviewed last weekend about our office precautions with the virus. Here’s a link to the paper if you want to read the whole article. It begins on the front page.

https://islandsun.suncoastpress.com/scp/isn-032720/flipbook/0/

Stay well,

Susan Andrews aka SanibelSusan

When The Goin’ Gets Tough, The Tough Stay Calm


It has been a pretty quiet week at SanibelSusan Realty. I only kept the office open until mid-afternoon on Saturday. Without the phone ringing even once, at 2:30 p.m. I called the only other island real estate office open and found that they were not getting calls either. So, I made the executive decision to close and go get my nails done.

Then, while manning the office solo on Monday, I cleaned out some old files and came across the below “Guide to Deciphering Showing Feedback”.

What the agent SAYS What the agent MEANS
The buyer thought the property was too small. The buyer found larger properties for the same price.
They liked the property but bought another. The buyer found other properties that were better values.
They liked the property but bought a new one. Buyers generally will pay 10-15% more for a new or updated property making it difficult to compete.
They didn’t like the old carpet. The seller should consider replacing the carpet.
They thought the yard was too small, the street too busy. They found other homes with larger years, quieter streets for the same price.
The property needs some work. The seller may need to make minor repairs or neutralize paint or reduce the price accordingly.
They didn’t like the floor plan. Hard to overcome this objection.

The lesson here is that price objections often come cloaked in different terms. If you are selling, listen carefully to feedback and make your adjustments swiftly. Your ULTIMATE GOAL is to be the very best property in your price range.

At SanibelSusan Realty

The rest of the week, Elise and I have both been in the office, but the inquiries have been few. Her weekly report of the action on the local MLS is after a few news items below.

Though our office has remained open, our phones have rung just a few times. The local Association of Realtors® is closed and their events and in-person meetings are cancelled for the next few weeks.

Most island organizations and non-profits also are closed, while the FISH Food Pantry remains open and their meal deliveries continue. It is a good time to clean out your pantry and bring them some non-expired non-perishable items. Soon, FISH will be preparing Easter baskets for needy children, family dinners, and elderly shut-ins. If you do not have food goods to donate, they happily accept monetary donations, Easter candy, coloring books, crayons, and grocery store gift cards.

Time to Get Moving

A favorite author, Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, had the following article in the March/April 2020 “REALTOR®” magazine: “Resistance to change is keeping some consumers from finding homes.

“There’s no such thing as lifetime employment in America. People change jobs. Businesses are created and destroyed. New technology, more efficient ways of doing things, changes in consumer taste – these are the stuff of life.

“Even with the current unemployment rate at 3.5%, a 50-year low, about 5.6 million workers stopped working for their latest employer last December alone. Some were fired or let go, while others left in the hope of moving on to something better. In fact, during the same month, 5.8 million workers started with a new employer. The 200,000 difference, in this example, is what’s reported as the headline for monthly net job creation. Miraculously, this thin margin between job gains and job losses has been consistently positive over the past decade, which is the reason for the cumulative gain of 20 million net new jobs since the Great Recession.

“Despite the apparent dynamism in the job market, people are not likely to change their current residence. The mobility rate is at a historic low of 9.8% annually. By comparison, 20% of Americans moved to a different home in any given year throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s.

“One reason people are staying put is the upsurge in two-earner households, which complicates relocations. Still, Americans should get moving again. Behavioral studies suggest that leaving one’s comfort zone may help people do better economically and enjoy life more fully. I’d like to see a boost in people’s standard of living not from a 3% pay raise but in a bigger way. If people move from expensive regions of the country to more affordable ones, their opportunity to own a home increases greatly.

“Some consumers have gotten the message. That’s why metro areas like Austin, Denver, and Nashville have been booming as residents from higher-cost areas arrive. But these same cities are seeing slower job gains as they become less affordable. An adequate supply of new homes is needed to accommodate the new population. Clients looking for a bigger bang for their housing dollar should consider Charlotte, NC; Charleston, SC; Columbus, OH; or Las Vegas. It’s time to end the inertia.

MLS Games People Play

Here’s another interesting article from the latest “REALTOR®” magazine. Author is Graham Wood. I am sure that some of you have seen some of the listings mentioned in his write-up. The SanibelSusan Team doesn’t play these MLS games.

“David Weldon empathized with his client’s growing desperation to sell her home, a 3-bedroom house in South California’s Riverside County. But he was uncomfortable about her suggestion for boosting the listing’s appeal. The seller listed the home with Weldon last July at a list price of $600,000. After nearly 70 days on the market, the property hadn’t received an offer she would accept. She also was under contract to purchase another property contingent on the sale of her home, which added to the pressure. The seller asked Weldon, a broker-associate at ReMax One in Moreno Valley, CA, to take steps that sounded to him like “gaming the MLS” to draw more eyes to her listing and get it sold faster.

“She had learned from another agent in a prior transaction that there are ways to manipulate MLS data to the seller’s advantage. Loopholes in many MLS systems make it possible for real estate professionals to reset a property’s recorded days on market – making a listing appear newer than it is – or surface a home on an MLS’s “hot sheets” with, say, a $100 reduction in list price. While these practices can help raise the visibility of listings in the MLS, they’re also deceptive marketing techniques that have the effect of skewing real-time MLS data – a problem the real estate industry is working to solve – and cast a poor light on agent professionalism.

“”The MLS platform is not the tool to refresh a listing,” says Rene Galicia, director of MLS engagement at the National Association of REALTORS®. “You’re not treating the underlying issue – perhaps you need to revisit your pricing strategy, for example – if you’re relying on gaming the system to get action on your listing.”

“Weldon says it’s not uncommon for agents in his market to inappropriately cancel and resubmit a listing to the MLS with an inconsequential edit to the property address – such as changing “Street” to “St” – which resets days on market in the system. That’s the type of action his seller was requesting.

“”There’s no way to do what the seller was asking me to do that I’m comfortable with,” Weldon says. “I said, “You want me to cancel the contract and start over after I’ve put a considerable amount of time marketing your property.” When his client was unrelenting, Weldon decided to end his professional relationship with her. The seller relisted with another agent, and as of mid-January, the property had been on the market for 106 days – more than a month longer than Weldon had the home listed.

“While not necessarily a violation of the REALTORS® Code of Ethics, these types of tactics may “work against the duty of honesty in Article 1, and the “true picture” mandate for all advertising, marketing, and other representations in Article 12,” says Rodney Gansha, NAR’s director of engagement and staff executive to the Multiple Listing Issues and Policies Committee.

“Not all practitioners see it that way, though. “In some markets, people consider these practices to be wrong, while in other markets, it’s tolerated,” Gansho says. “Most agents can look up a property’s history to see exactly what’s changed or when it was first put on the market, so gaming the MLS is a limited strategy anyway.”

“Galicia takes particular exception to the idea of lowering a listing price by a minuscule amount to boost its standing on MLS hot sheets. “Most MLS technology will display the dollar amount of the price reduction, and savvy consumers can see that a $100 price drop is not a legitimate strategy,” he says. “If a listing shows up on a hot sheet all the time, that could be a sign of data manipulation rather than true changes to the terms of the listing itself.”

“Such a pricing strategy also could damage your reputation with other agents who find it offensive and could ultimately hurt your ability to find a buyer. “I’ve seen properties reduced by $1,” says Dan Halperin, GRI, an agent with Gagliardo Realty Associates in River Forest, IL. “It’s such a waste of everybody’s time. It irritates clients, and it doesn’t leave a good impression on the public.” Halperin adds that many of his buyers feel an urgency to be among the first to visit a new listing, so he keeps a watchful eye on turnover in the MLS. “I want to be able to tell my clients whether it’s been listed six times or had several price drops in the past,” he says. “I want them to know when it’s not the hot property they think it is.”

“So what’s a smarter approach? Instead of resorting to MLS gaming tactics, focus on professional listing photos from the start and adding virtual home tours and floor plans to listings in order to refresh them, Galicia recommends. Gansho encourages agents to revamp listing descriptions as a way to capture interest from people who may have previously overlooked your listing. These changes won’t appear on an MLS hot sheet, but sharper marketing may get buyers to pay closer attention.

“Heather Embrey, CRS, GRI, a sales associate with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Premier in Falls Church, VA, says she recently sold a 4-bedroom 2-bath listing, which had lingered on the market for 60 days, after updating the listing photos. Embrey’s seller was initially hesitant about staging the home, but when the sale stalled, the client agreed to change furnishings and add carpeting to neutralize the space.

“The new photos of the staged property enticed a buyer who previously viewed the home to give it a second look. The buyer ended up purchasing the home for the $499,500 list price. “In my office, they jokingly call me the compliance queen because I very much follow the rules,” Embrey says. “I’m not trying to reset days on market, I don’t change the address, and I don’t try and make it look like a new listing. There are too many other tools at my disposal for me to have to do that.”

The Sanibel/Captiva Real Estate World

Adding SanibelSusan’s 2-cents worth to the above article: On the islands, there are some who end a stale listing and relist to make a property look like it is new to the market. That is not fooling anybody. Even Zillow sees through that.

Sanibel/Captiva’s real estate market is quite seasonal and easily affected by changes in the weather, the economy, and world events. Being mostly a resort and 2nd-home market, purchases often are made with discretionary income. That all equates to our market being UNLIKE the norm. It often takes longer to sell a property here unless it is one that is in demand at that time of the year or has special features setting it apart from its competition.

The best way to get a Sanibel/Captiva property sold remains listing with a top local agent in a reputable island brokerage, pricing right (and just under a $100K-price increment), solid continual ever-changing marketing with broad internet exposure and professional photography/streaming videos, honest reliable property details (Florida is a full-disclosure state), easy showing instructions, and good legal signage.

Today, there are 227 Realtor® members at the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors®. I always want to be one of the top producers, though my goal is not necessarily to sell the most, but to provide the best service. Looking at Sanibel closed sales year-after-year, my position has lingered at #8 or #9, which makes me happy. I like being in the “top 10”.

It was a surprise to check and see that I am in 6th place based on the last 12 months of closed Sanibel sales. Probably more surprising is that of all these 200-some agents, over the last 12 months, only 60 sold more than one property and 29 sold only one. That means, that way more than half the membership had no sales. Real estate has always been a business where a small percentage of agents make most of the sales, but Sanibel and Captiva take those numbers to the extreme.

We also probably have the only grocery stores on the planet that remain fully equipped. No shortage of toilet paper and paper towels here, plus sunshiny blue skies, clear water, and very little traffic, except on the bike paths.

Be well, stay calm, fingers crossed that we soon are on the other side of the virus and its impacts.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity March 13-20, 2020

Sanibel

CONDOS

4 new listings: Captains Walk #E8 2/1.5 $395K, Blind Pass #B209 2/2 $494K, Coquina Beach #2B 2/2 $529K, Mariner Pointe #813 2/2 $599K.

8 price changes: Sundial #C301 1/1 now $464.9K, Sanibel Arms West #B2 2/2 now $534.9K, Loggerhead Cay #222 2/2 now $610K, Sanctuary Golf Villages I #1-4 3/3 now $799K, Sandalfoot #1C1 2/2 now $799K, Sanctuary Golf Villages I #4-1 3/3 now $899K, Tarpon Beach #207 2/2 now $999K (our listing) (photos below – taking a walk the gulf from Tarpon Beach), Sundial #K402 2/2 now $1.1499M.

5 new sales: Captains Walk #C3 1/1 listed at $279K, Sanibel Arms West #M2 2/2 listed at $548.5K, Sanibel Arms West #H5 2/2 listed at $549K, Sundial #L404 2/2 listed at $1.35M, Tigua Cay #485 3/3.5 listed at $2.195M.

4 closed sales: Tennisplace #B24 2/1.5 $339K, Sunset South #2C 2/2 $555K, Sand Pointe #212 2/2 $725K, Gulfside Place #214 2/2 $1.2M.

HOMES

4 new listings: 954 Donax St 3/3 $525K, 2480 Library Way 2/2.5 $649K, 690 Durion Ct 3/2 $725K, 5419 Osprey Ct 3/3.5 $1.095M.

3 price changes: 968 Greenwood Ct S 3/2.5 half-duplex now $399K (our listing), 1339 Tahiti Dr 3/2 duplex now $525K, 730 Cardium St 2/2 now $539K.

968 Greenwood Ct S highlighted – looking toward the lighthouse & the mainland, gulf & bay!

9 new sales: 1856 Ardsley Way 3/2 listed at $499K; 1813 Farm Trl 3/2 listed at $629K; 760 Cardium St 3/2 listed at $649K; 1567 Sand Castle Rd 3/3 listed at $685K; 701 Nerita St 3/2 listed at $712K; 1676 Middle Gulf Dr 3/2 listed at $799,999; 4739 Ruelle 4/3 listed at $995K; 1490 Angel Dr 4/3.5 listed at $1.695M; 500 Sawgrass Pl 8/8/3 listed at $2.65M.

2 closed sales: 2150 Egret Cir 3/2 $698K, 675 Gopher Walk Way 3/2.5 $1.17M.

LOTS

No new listings.

1 price change: 1303 par View Dr now $314K.

No new sales.

1 closed sale: 4538 Bowen Bayou Rd $190K.

Captiva

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 SanibelSusan

Storing Up Vitamin SEA at SanibelSusan Realty


It’s Susan reporting that while the rest of the world has been spinning this week with news of viruses and politics, The SanibelSusan Team has kept their hands clean and stayed busy with real estate happenings. That pretty much stopped today – as we still are waiting for the phone to ring.

Sanibel realtors logoYesterday, it was a bit of a surprise to see such a small turnout at our Thursday morning Association of Realtors® Caravan Meeting.

Usually March is one of our busiest months on island, so I prefer to think the absences were due to folks out showing property, and attending inspections and closings, rather than shopping for toilet paper and paper towels. After showing property last night until almost dark, I stopped at the Publix just off-island and witnessed some folks squabbling over some of their last rolls.

big arts logoIt was a full house of singers at our BIG ARTS Chorus rehearsal on Tuesday night, but since then I have received email notices that a couple of their events run by volunteers (Writers’ Read and Island Jazz) have been canceled for the rest of the season. As of now, the other BIG ARTS classes and performances are on schedule with the facility taking sanitary precautions. For up-to-date info, check their website at www.BIGARTS.org.

Here’s hoping world events do not hurt anyone too much and that real estate is back to a normal busy March soon. The week’s action in the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing service is after a couple of news items below.

Oops, we were just noticed that the local Association of Realtors® has cancelled events and meetings for the next two weeks. Their office remains open, but classes will be held remotely and meetings done electronically.

Be well.

Bill Aimed at Battling Algae Blooms Headed to Governor

Florida Realtors logoPosted yesterday by FloridaRealtors® on-line and sourced to 2020 Journal Media Group, John Kennedy:

“The Florida Legislature passed a multi-faceted to curb the blue-green algae blooms in state waterways. It now only needs Gov. DeSantis’ signature to become law.

“TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Legislation aimed at easing the state’s wide-ranging water problems by tightening oversight of runoff from farms, urban development and Florida’s 2.7 million septic tanks was approved Wednesday by the House. The House’s 118-0 vote follows similar, 39-0 approval last week in the Senate. The measure now goes to Gov. Ron DeSantis, who pushed for the changes and is expected to sign it into law.

““This is the most important thing we’ve done for water in this state in 10 years,” said Sen. Ben Albritton, R-Wauchula, a sponsor of the legislation (SB 712), which supporters call the Clean Waterways Act. The legislation changes how the state regulates everything from septic tanks to city wastewater systems, and city and county storm-water management.

“But many environmental organizations say the regulatory changes lack muscle. The Sierra Club, Florida Springs Council and Florida Waterkeepers are among those pointing to problems with the legislation, saying it will not achieve water quality goals for the many state waterways already damaged. The organizations called it the, “policy equivalent of slapping a Band-Aid on a gunshot wound. It may not hurt, but it won’t really help.”

State officials, though, have defended the measure with superlatives.

“Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Noah Valenstein has called the measure a “massive step forward.” Rep. Toby Oberdorf, R-Stuart, House sponsor of the legislation, called the tighter regulations “game changers.” The legislation grew out of recommendations by the Blue-Green Algae Task Force appointed by DeSantis last year.

“DeSantis has pledged to spend $2.5 billion over four years to tackle Florida’s water problems, and lawmakers are poised to meet his demand for a $625 million, second-year installment in the state budget now being finalized by the Legislature. The waterways bill creates new regulations for agricultural use of fertilizers, requires farmers to keep records of their use, and requires these farms to be inspected every two years by state Agriculture Department officials to assure they’re complying with best management practices.

“The bill also shifts to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) from the state’s Health Department regulation of the 2.7 million septic tanks dotting Florida. Thousands of these tanks are old, breaking down and leaking – earning them part of the blame for nutrients flowing into waterways and springs and adding to the algae woes. Among other changes, it would prove more difficult for companies to get permits for bottling spring water, while a state study of the practice and its effect also is ordered by the legislation. The legislation approved Friday by the Senate gives the governor more authority over appointing the state’s DEP secretary.

“Environmental groups, though, remained wary after Wednesday’s House action. “This bill is just not going to get us where we need to be,” said Aliki Moncrief, executive director of Florida Conservation Voters.”

City Cracks Down on Unlicensed Rentals

Sanibelcityseal logoThere was another update on this subject by “Island Sun” reporter Wendy McMullen in the paper today:

“Sanibel City Council has eliminated annual rental license fees and made the rental fee for monthly rentals $300 and $100 for rentals not limited by city code such as those in the resort housing districts of Sanibel. These are mainly condominiums.

“The license fee for annual rental licenses is now zero. This includes the occupants of the 74 units in the Community Housing and Resources (CHR) below market rate housing program.

“The form to register also has been streamlined. It had been criticized in past meetings as being over intrusive and making property owners responsible for their tenants’ actions. It now only asks for the owner’s name, contact number and a local emergency contact but it still demands that the form be notarized.

“Meanwhile intensity increases on anyone renting a property without a license. Councilwoman Holly Smith said that the city was checking up on complaints regarding property owners renting their property illegally. “We have received a number of anonymous letters and we are following up on every one of them,” she reported at Tuesday’s planning commission meeting.

“Algorithms that sweep the world wide web for rentals on Sanibel are also used by the city to detect property owners renting without a license. Each advertisement will be cross checked for occupational licenses and if there is no license number on the advertisement, it will be red flagged. ”If they don’t have a license number, it will be immediately apparent,” said councilman Jason Maughan.

“The necessity for a license also extends to people sharing or exchanging their homes, according to Community Services Director Keith Williams. Both are currently considered rentals even if no actual funds are involved.

“Planning Commission Chair Chuck Ketterman questioned the definition of homes exchanging as rentals that required a license, observing that he knows of lot of people who exchange their homes for homes elsewhere in the country or in the world.”

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity March 6-13, 2020

Sanibel

CONDOS

1 new listing: Sand Pointe #223 2/2 $749K.

9 price changes: Colonnades #C3 1/1 now $271K, Sandpebble #4E 2/2 now $465K, Sandalfoot #3C1 2/2 now $649.9K, Loggerhead Cay #192 2/2 now $739K, Loggerhead Cay #514 2/2 now $995K, Sanddollar #B104 2/2 now $1.075M, Gulfside Place #121 2/2 now $1.15M, Tantara #203 3/2 now $1.25M, Sanibel Sunset #301 3/2 now $2M.

8 new sales: Donax Village #10 1/2 listed at $358K, Seashells #36 2/2 listed at $380K, Sundial #D205 1/1 listed at $465K, Sanibel Arms West #B4 2/2 listed at $559K, Sand Pointe #132 2/2 listed at $709K, Loggerhead Cay #191 2/2 listed at $770K, Sand Pointe #137 2/2 listed at $1.149M, Gulfside Place #222 2/2 listed at $1.195M (our listing & sale).

Sign

6 closed sales: Loggerhead Cay #324 2/2 $569K, Lighthouse Point #114 3/2 $659K, Sanibel Siesta #601 2/2 $725K, Signal Inn #18 3/2 $1.1M, Plantation Village #312 3/2.5 $1.375M, La Playa #3B 3/2 $1.579M.

HOMES

3 new listings: 5151 Sanibel-Captiva Rd 2/2 listed at $477K, 901 S.Yachtsman Dr 2/2 $799K (our listing), 1515 Angel Dr 3/2 $849,948.

Canal

From the dock at 901 South Yachtsman Dr

901 South Yachtsman Dr intersecting canals in Sanibel Estates

14 price changes: 1027 Sand Castle Rd 2/2 now $459K, 730 Cardium St 2/2 now $544K, 1695 Serenity Ln 3/2 now $559K, 1954 Roseate Ln 3/2 now $575K, 4115 Sanibel-Captiva Rd 6/2 now $699K, 1068 White Ibis Dr 3/3 now $739K, 5304 Umbrella Pool Rd 3/3 now $772.5K, 5422 Shearwater Dr 3/2.5 now $825K, 478 Sea Oats Dr 3/3 now $850K, 938 Pecten Ct 3/2.5 now $899K, 1081 Captains Walk St 4/2.5 now $1.097M, 3706 West Gulf Dr 4/3 now $1.35M, 924 Pecten Ct 4/4 now $1.475M, 4577 Waters Edge Ln 4/3 now $3.195M.

7 new sales: 2186 Egret Cir 3/2 listed at $549K, 766 Donax St 4/2 duplex listed at $599K, 1085 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 listed at $719K, 457 Lake Murex Cir 3/2 listed at $889K, 1667 Venus Dr 3/2 listed at $1.02M, 1564 Middle Gulf Dr 3/2.5 listed at $1.295M, 1898 Woodring Rd 2/2 listed at $2.65M.

10 closed sales: 5745 Pine Tree Dr 2/1 $464K, 9448 Begonia Ct 3/2.5 $537K (our listing), 1396 Tahiti Dr 4/3 $655K, 355 Cowry Ct 4/3.5 $675K, 2857 Wulfert Rd 4/5 $1.1M, 4630 Rue Bayou 4/4.5 $1.295M, 9019 Mockingbird Dr 4/4 $1.3M, 872 Limpet Dr 3/3 $1.35M, 558 Lighthouse Way 4/4.5 $3.55M, 3757 West Gulf Dr 4/4 $5.5M.

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LOTS

No new listings.

2 price changes: 255 Hurricane Ln now $369K, 3945 West Gulf Dr now $2.999M.

No new or closed sales.

Captiva

CONDOS

1 new listing: Beach Villas #2414 2/2 $725K.

1 price change: Tennis Villas #3220 1/1 now $325K.

1 new sale: Beach Villas #2417 listed at $505K.

No closed sales.

HOMES

2 new listings: 1251 South Seas Plantation Rd 3/3 $2.25M, 15261 Captiva Dr 4/4.5 $12.5M.

No price changes.

No new sales.

2 closed sales: 15831 Captiva Dr 2/2.5 $2.65M, 15819 Captiva Dr 5/5 $6.35M.

LOTS

Nothing to report.

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

Until next Friday, Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan clean hands save lives

Don’t Forget to Spring Ahead… Island Life is Better Longer With Sunshiney Evenings!


West Gulf Drive beach this week!

It’s Susan and rather than report about how wonderful the weather is on the islands again this week, I am going to give a special shout-out to the two gals who stopped into the office Wed and thanked me for writing my weekly blogs. (Thank you, June and Kelly (and your friend Katherine). Your kind words are much appreciated.)

These blogs evolved from my team’s Friday updates to our sellers. Some years ago, when a seller’s property sold, she said, “but I like getting those weekly updates, can I still get them?” So since then, I have called it my real estate therapy to create these Friday blogs. Through the week, as part of our efforts to keep our clients informed, I watch for items that may be of interest and compile the newsy part. Then on Thursdays and Fridays, teammate Elise adds the Multiple Listing Service part. We all contribute to the feedback from showings and Open Houses; then, once teammate Dave provides his 2-cents worth, Elise sends an email that we call our “Friday Update” to all who have their property listed with us.

Then, I strip out the personal info about the property inquiries and feedback and the details if any new sales are contingent. After adding a few photos, graphics, clip art, and links, I then upload the post to WordPress. That is where our website is hosted and where the blog gets published on the internet and syndicated to LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter where it has a few thousand followers.

Sometimes the posts get comments, but usually those only occur if it is a busy Friday and the blog is posted late (after 5 p.m.) and readers send messages asking where it is. In two more weeks, I will have posted my 500th weekly bog.

Followers, by far, come from the United States (4,505), followed by Canada (97), United Kingdom (81), Germany (57), and France (18). Since I also have a page for each of our listings on our website, we also can track what listings get attention via the blog too. That tracking is similar to how we can see who looks at our listings through our Multiple Listing System with syndication to Realtor.com, Zillow, etc. And, ListHub, where we can syndicate to up to 81 additional real estate search engines, plus WorldProperties.com where our listings are translated into 45 different languages thanks to my TRC (Transnational Referral Certification).

It’s all about the internet these days, except when visitors are on the islands. That’s when they relax and usually want to do things the old-fashioned way.

Island Happenings

It is a good indication of high season when we hear that some of the many upcoming ticketed island events are sold out. Even if they are, if you are interested in one of them, I encourage you to put your name on a wait list or hope for a last-minute cancellation.

Shell Fair – The 83rd Annual Sanibel Shell Festival which began yesterday at The Community House always has room for more visitors, but it makes for slow going past SanibelSusan Realty through tomorrow. We are ready to deliver keys and/or open properties for showings if it helps our colleagues. After our closing yesterday, I delivered keys and commission checks from the title company to the selling office up the street. His support staff got such a kick out of it. Whatever it takes to get the deals done, we are happy to help!

Spring Concerts – Speaking of tickets, it is not too soon to get your tickets for the BIG ARTS Community Chorus Spring Concerts, which will be April 1 and 2 in the new performance hall. Our accompanist, Erik Entwistle, has composed a new piece which will be premiered at the concerts. It got a wonderful write-up in the new issue of “Times of the Islands”. Called “Build A Nest”, the song is a celebration of the islands’ sea turtles and the many volunteers that help them. Here is a link to the article:

https://toti.timesoftheislands.com/dm/2020/mar-apr#page/125

Real Estate Is Selling

In a 4-week period in “high season”, we like to see at least 30 condo and 30 home sales with a few lot sales sprinkled in. Over the last four weeks, like much of the last year, more homes sold than condos, and unfortunately not a single Sanibel lot sold in February.

Below is a summary from the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® Multiple Listing Service showing the islands’ real estate inventory today and sales to-date this year. Teammate Elise says if anyone wants to know how many price reductions there have been so far this year, “there were too many”. There were 228 on Sanibel and 22 on Captiva, with more being posted every day. With only five more weeks of ‘high season” remaining, there likely will be more.

Inventory remains high for the time of the year, but that means more choices for the prospects looking over the next few weeks.

Sanibel Condos Homes Lots
# Avg Price $ # Avg Price $ # Avg Price $
For sale 3/6/2020 131 843,259 204 1,450,665 77 681,165
Under contract 22 766,455 46 1,183,078 3 1,056,333
Sold this year 29 684,592 39 986,842 2 1,434,333
Sold last year 127 694,392 211 949,790 15 372,200

 

Captiva Condos Homes Lots
# Avg Price $ # Avg Price $ # Avg Price $
For sale 3/6/2020   47 1,143,911   48 3,056,354   3 3,563,000
Under contract 4 1,368,225 2 6,400,000 2 3,399,500
Sold this year 5 688,800 5 2,863,600 0 N/A
Sold last year 29 1,037,077 17 2,737,503 1 1,375,000

Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begins

As a reminder, sea turtle nesting season in south Florida began March 1. It is usually not until April that the turtle volunteers start scouring the beaches each morning looking for evidence of a mama coming ashore to lay her eggs. More info on the SCCF (Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation) Sea Turtle Program at http://sccf.org/our-work/sea-turtles In the meantime, please help keep our beaches sea turtle friendly:

Sea turtle nest

  • Turn off or shield all lights that are visible from the beach. Do not use flashlights or cell phone lights on the beach. If necessary, use amber or red LED bulbs.
  • Do not disturb the screens covering nests. They prevent predators from eating the eggs and the hatchlings emerge through the holes without assistance.
  • Remove all beach furniture and equipment from the beach at night.
  • Dispose of fishing line properly to avoid wildlife entanglement.
  • Fill in large holes that can trap hatchlings and nesting sea turtles.
  • Do not disturb nesting turtles – please do not to get too close, shine lights on, or take flash photos of nesting sea turtles.
  • Pick up litter.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity February 28-March 6, 2020

Sanibel

CONDOS

4 new listings: Colonnades #C3 1/1 $279K, Sand Pointe #132 2/2 $709K, Sanctuary Golf Villages I #5-4 3/3 $790K, Kings Crown #110 2/2 $795K.

8 price changes: Sanibel Arms #B1 1/1 now $439.9K, Sand Pointe #227 2/2 now $719K, Island Beach Club #310A 2/2 now $739K, Oceans Reach #4C1 2/2 now $849K, Oceans Reach #4D1 2/2 now $859K, Blue Gulf #201 3/2 now $1.199M, Sunward #201 3/2 now $1.299M, High Tide #B302 3/2 now $2.295M.

6 new sales: Seashells #3 2/2 listed at $469.5K, Sundial #C210 1/1 listed at $485K, Sanibel Arms West #I7 2/2 listed at $579K, Sunset South #2C 2/2 listed at $599K, Gulfside Place #221 2/2 listed at $1.179M, Gulfside Place #214 2/2 listed at $1.28M.

2 closed sales: Sundial #A306 1/1 $720K, Anglers Key #202 3/3 $2.045M.

HOMES

5 new listings: 4606 Brainard Bayou Rd 2/2 $479K, 1573 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 $585K, 1326 Tahiti Dr 2/2 $797.5K, 660 Durion Ct 3/2 $895K, 3615 West Gulf Dr 3/2 $2.995M.

21 price changes: 1890 Farm Trl 3/2 now $555.4K; 9418 Moonlight Dr 3/2 now $689K; 4339 Gulf Pines Dr 3/2 now $695K; 1978 Roseate Ln 3/2 now $727.5K; 5834 Pine Tree Dr 2/2 now $749,555; 1223 Par View Dr 3/2 now $749.9K; 1676 Middle Gulf Dr 3/2 now $799,999; 1220 Sand Castle Rd 3/2.5 now $825K; 1589 Sand Castle Rd 3/3 now $877K; 4345 Gulf Pines Dr 4/4 now $895K; 770 Conch Ct 3/2 now $899K; 1271 Par View Dr 3/3 now $929K; 1437 Causey Ct 3/2.5 now $985K; 261 Ferry Landing 2/2 half-duplex now $995K; 1667 Venus Dr 3/2 now $1.02M; 355 East Gulf Dr 3/2 now $1.095M; 550 N. Yachtsman Dr 4/3 now $1.275M; 2284 Troon Ct 4/4.5 now $1.799M; 418 Bella Vista Way 4/4 now $1.99M; 2460 Harbour Ln 3/3 now $1.999M; 4701 Rue Belle Mer 4/5 now $3.395M.

9 new sales: 4245 Gulf Pines Dr 3/2 listed at $675K, 1014 S. Yachtsman Dr 3/3 listed at 710K, 500 Sea Oats Dr 3/2 listed at $739.9K, 1501 Sand Castle Rd 5/3.5 listed at $879K, 3358 Saint Kilda Rd 3/3 listed at $1.047M, 3851 Coquina Dr 3/2.5 listed at $1.389M, 1230 Bay Dr 3/2 listed at $1.619M, 4709 Rue Belle Mer 3/2 listed at $2.999M, 4143 West Gulf Dr 3/3.5 listed at $5.1M.

8 closed sales: 4619 Brainard Bayou Rd 3/2 $552K, 970 Black Skimmer Way 2/2 $592.5K, 1740 Middle Gulf Dr 4/3 $640K, 247 Christofer Ct 3/2 $700K, 257 Daniel Dr 3/2 $735K, 592 Sea Oats Dr 3/2 $975K, 911 S. Yachtsman Dr 3/3 $1.13M, 842 Limpet Dr 3/3.5 $1.9M (our Seller).

We’re gonna miss this house. From the backyard of our listing that sold this week at 842 Limpet Dr.

LOTS

2 new listings: 2095 Wild Lime Dr $269K, 1159 Golden Olive Ct $1.685M.

3 price changes: 3013 Poinciana Cir now $219K, 667 Birdie View Pt now $329K, 6141 Starling Way now $897K.

No new or closed sales.

Captiva

CONDOS

2 new listings: Captiva Shores #C6 2/2 $1.019M, Lands End Village #1637 2/2 $1.495M.

2 price changes: Bayside Villas #5104 1/2 now $400K, Lands End Village #1667 2/2 now $1.175M.

No new or closed sales

HOMES

1 new listing: 6 Sunset Captiva Ln 2/2 $2.695M.

2 price changes: 15147 Captiva Ln 6/5.5 now $4.3M, 956 South Seas Plantation Rd 6/6 now $5.25M.

No new or closed sales.

LOTS

No new listings or price changes.

1 new sale: 15295 Captiva Dr listed at $899K.

No 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.

Until next Friday,

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

We’re Still Lovin’ Winter on Sanibel Island


It’s SanibelSusan reporting that as the weatherman promised last week, a little island-style winter weather arrived here Wednesday night. Daytime temperatures have only been in the 60’s since then. Bright blue skies are the norm with more of the same expected tomorrow. Forecasts say it will be back into the 70’s by Sunday and probably 80 by the middle of the week. Gotta love winters on Sanibel & Captiva Islands!

2018-06-13

If you like a beachside pool bar, try this one at West Wind Inn. Music for sunset some evenings.

Particularly when the sun is out, traffic is up and continues to cause some grumbling. A city internet alert went out early Monday afternoon after they received notice that more than 6,000 vehicles had already crossed the causeway that morning. That many vehicles added to the February vacationers and snowbirds already here meant for slow going Monday night. Surprisingly, though by the next morning when it instead was a little overcast, Periwinkle was moving smoothly.

So, the team continues to be flexible and patient, thankful that we are here instead of maneuvering snow and ice, and hopeful that some of these visitors have buying real estate in mind.

Will Corona Virus Effect on the Stock Market, Affect Real Estate Sales?

Although I heard this morning that a buyer elsewhere in Florida backed out of a deal because of the stock market drop, the effect here I expect will be just another short-term blip, like it being an election year. Sure, there may be some who will use it as an excuse not to buy, but if they do, I bet they will be sorry. Sanibel and Captiva continue to be areas where it makes sense to invest. It’s not just because of the warm weather and island ambience. It’s because it’s real estate, the key word here being “real”.

Here is an update of Sanibel and Captiva inventory today. Changes in inventory result in changes in prices. There were plenty of changes this week. It is a great time to buy real estate on both islands – plenty of choices, many well priced. Today’s snapshots below. The highlighted lines include actual sale price averages.

SANIBEL Condos Homes Lots
# Avg Price $ # Avg Price $ # Avg Price $
For Sale 135 849,640 207 1,470,622 75 674,221
Under Contract 24 826,279 46 1,068,960 3 1,056,333
Closed Thru 2/28/2020 27 632,895 31 1,008,463 2 1,434, 333
Closed in 2019 127 694,392 211 949,790 15 372,200

 

CAPTIVA Condos Homes Lots
# Avg Price $ # Avg Price $ # Avg Price $
For Sale 44 1,158,723 47 3,075,638 4 2,897,000
Under Contract 5 1,151,580 2 6,400,000 1 5,900,000
Closed Thru 2/28/2020 5 688,800 5 2,863,600 0 N/A
Closed in 2019 29 1,037,077 17 2,737,503 1 1,375,000

Thursday Morning Realtor Caravan Meeting & Real Estate Scoop

Sanibel realtors logoWith average attendance at the Association of Realtors® Caravan meeting yesterday, again there were no sales announced until teammate Dave from The SanibelSusan Team was recognized for putting Mariner Pointe #421 under contract.

In the new listing announcements, I provided attendees with info on our new listing at White Sands #23, including the opportunity to preview/show tomorrow during tenant turn-over, and also our new commercial listing of condo office space at Santiva Plaza just off island on McGregor Blvd (photo below).

Ext Front

Under price reductions, the change at Gulfside Place #222, including how easy it is to show, was met with favorable response.

The action posted in the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service follows a couple of news items below.

Upcoming Events

spaghetti dinner40th Annual Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner – is tomorrow night (Sat Feb 29) with Italian feast from 4 until 7:30 p.m. followed by live and silent auctions, raffles, and music. Proceeds to support education and recreation programs for island youth. SanibelSusan and Realtor®/pal Mary Lou will be there supporting this fundraiser for the umpteenth year. It’s an island tradition.

Shell photo from 2019 show83rd Annual Sanibel Shell Festival – is next week, March 5, 6, & 7 at The Community House. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Thurs and Fri, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat.

crow-logo6th Annual Southern Comfort on Sanibel – is April 3 from 6 until 9 p.m. at The Community House with dinner, games, auction, raffle, and more. It’s the end-of-season fundraiser for CROW (Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife). Tickets now available. www.crowclinic.org/articles/fundraising-events.

Protecting Sanibel’s Ability to Regulate Short-Term Rentals

Sanibelcityseal logoPlease join me in responding to the City’s recent news release.

“ADD YOUR VOICE THANKING GOVERNOR DESANTIS’ TO PROTECT OUR CITY’S ABILITY TO REGULATE SHORT-TERM RENTALS – YOUR VOICE IS NEEDED!

“Join Sanibel’s fight to protect the quality of life in our town. Currently, legislation is proceeding quickly through Florida legislators which would limit or totally preempt cities’ ability to regulate short-term rentals in our own community. Governor DeSantis has recently stated that he believes this legislation, if adopted, “micromanages vacation rentals.”

Click here for background materials.

Click here to email Governor DeSantis directly to thank him for his position to protect Sanibel’s home rule and the right of Florida cities to self-govern.”

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity February 21-28, 2020

Sanibel

CONDOS

6 new listings: Seashells #3 2/2 $469.5K, Sundial #H208 1/1 $485K, Island Beach Club #310A 2/2 $729K, Gulf Beach #106 2/2 $882K, High Tide #A301 3/2 $1.989M, Plantation Village #322 3/3 $2.795M.

8 price changes: Compass Point #221 2/2 now $639,999; Sand Pointe #111 2/2 now $679K; Heron at The Sanctuary II #2B 3/3.5 now $769K; Sanctuary Golf Villages I #1-4 3/3 now $819K; Gulf Beach #107 2/2 now $879K; Beachcomber #D101 2/2 now $999.5K; Gulfside Place #214 2/2 now $1.28M; Tigua Cay #485 3/3.5 now $2.195M.

9 new sales: Tennisplace #B24 2/1.5 listed at $339K, Casa Blanca #4 1/1 listed at $360K, Casa Blanca #6 1/1 listed at $363K, Spanish Cay #F8 2/2 listed at $379K, Sandpebble #2F 2/2 listed at $439K, Loggerhead Cay #324 2/2 listed at $569K, Mariner Pointe #421 2/2.5 listed at $599.9K (our buyer) (view from MLS photo below), Seascape #304 3/3 listed at $1.2499M, La Playa #3B 3/2 listed at $1.595M.

view from MP 421

7 closed sales: Mariner Pointe #1051 2/2 $460K, Sanibel Arms #2F 1/1 $485K, Mariner Pointe #721 2/2 $514K, Sanibel Moorings #311 2/2 $565K, Loggerhead Cay #553 2/2 $633K, Island Beach Club #220B 2/2 $685K, Sandpiper Beach #203 2/2 $699K.

HOMES

8 new listings: 857 Rabbit Rd 1/1 $489K, 2186 Egret Cir 3/2 $549K, 766 Donax St 4/2 duplex $599K, 2984 Island Inn Rd 3/2 $849K, 9024 Mockingbird Dr 3/2 $869K, 501 Lagoon Dr 3/2 $879K, 345 Cowry Ct 3/4.5 $900K, 4739 Ruelle 4/3 $995K.

16 price changes: 3947 Coquina Dr 2/2 now $569K, 2065 Wild Lime Dr 3/2.5 now $629K, 5256 Punta Caloosa Ct 3/2 now $629K, 1567 Sand Castle Rd 3/3 now $685K, 1350 Middle Gulf Dr, #1F 3/3 half-duplex (Moonshadows) now $729K, 500 Sea Oats Dr 3/2 now $739.9K, 1031 Sand Castle Rd 3/3 now $749K, 9128 Mockingbird Dr 3/2 now $760K, 1285 Par View Dr 4/2.5 now $825K, 215 Robinwood Cir 4/3 now $849K, 6176 Henderson Rd 3/2 now $1.125M, 1230 Bay Dr 3/2 now $1.619M, 1018 Dixie beach Blvd 4/5 now $2.25M, 1717 Jewel Box Dr 3/3.5 now $2.295M, 500 Sawgrass Pl 8/8/3 now $2.65M, 4143 West Gulf Dr 3/3.5 $5.1M.

10 new sales: 970 Palm St 3/2 listed at $559K, 743 Windlass Way 3/2 listed at $599K, 678 Durion Ct 3/2 listed at $599K, 970 Black Skimmer Way 2/2 listed at $636K, 2150 Egret Cir 3/2 listed at $678K, 5297 Punta Caloosa Ct 3/2 listed at $689K, 405 Tiree Cir 3/2 listed at $735K, 975 Sand Castle Rd 3/2.5 listed at $789K, 599 Lake Murex Cir 4/3.5 listed at $1.299M, 769 Pyrula Ave 3/3.5 listed at $1.395M.

6 closed sales: 513 Lake Murex Cir 3/2 $660K, 5672 Sanibel-Captiva Dr 3/2 $682K, 1348 Eagle Run Dr 3/3 $949K, 1525 San Carlos Bay Dr 3/2 $1.445M, 1730 Jewel Box Dr 4/3 $1.46M, 228 Violet Dr 4/2/2 $1.699M.

LOTS

2 new listings: 355 Cowry Ct $350K, 836 Limpet Dr $1.345M.

1 price change: 9345 Dimmick Dr now $328.5K.

No new or closed sales.

Captiva

CONDOS

2 new listings: Tennis Villas #3212 1/1 $320K, Captiva Shores #1B 3/2.5 $1.899M.

1 price change: Captiva Shores #8B 3/2.5 now $1.199M.

No new or closed sales.

HOMES

1 new listing: 11504 Wightman Ln 4/3.5 $1.495M.

No price changes, new, or closed sales.

LOTS

Nothing to report.

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

  Happy weekend to all! Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

Happy Valentines’ Day & Presidents’ Weekend on Sanibel


Reporting another summer-like week on sunny Sanibel. Recent daytime temperatures have hit 80°F almost every day. Similar weather is expected to continue for the next week, probably much to the delight of vacationers and holiday visitors. The island is packed, so careful planning, dinner reservations, and patience are needed, but there certainly are no complaints from The SanibelSusan Team. Our listings are getting inquiries and showings.

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The action posted in the Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service follows a few news items below. You may have noticed from these weekly MLS reports that the number of new listings each week and the number of price reductions exceed the number of sales. Price reductions are common in February and March, even with Easter late this year (not until April 12). It is unusual though to have so many new listings this far into “high season”. The SanibelSusan Team is looking for listings though – so if you know of anyone thinking of selling, please let us be referral.

Presidents’ Weekend on Sanibel

rotary logoRotary Arts & Crafts Festival This Weekend – As mentioned last week, tomorrow begins the 37th Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Arts & Crafts Festival which is held at The Community House and City Park across the street from our office. Open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and again on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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At the Wildlife Refuge on Monday – In honor of Presidents’ Day and by federal order, all motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians can enjoy Wildlife Drive and its trail fee-free on February 17. The Refuge Visitor & Education Center, Bailey Tract, and Tarpon Bay Explorers will remain open for normal operating hours, while all Refuge and Ding Darling Wildlife Society offices will be closed.

Green Iguanas May Be Prohibited Here

SCCF logoA guest commentary by Chris Lechowicz, SCCF (Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation) Wildlife and Habitat Manager, was posted in this week’s “Island Reporter”. It says that SCCF urges islanders to support a bill currently making its way through Florida’s Legislature. Here are excerpts from the article:

“The exotic green iguana may join the Burmese python and Nile monitor lizard on Florida’s list of prohibited reptiles if a bill makes it through the Legislature this session.

“Approved unanimously by a Senate committee on Jan 21, the bill is awaiting discussion in committee in the House, and second committee discussion in the Senate. The bill would add green iguanas as well as black and white tegus – another invasive lizard – to the state’s prohibited list that bans the importation, possession, sale and breeding of those species in Florida. Some other species already on the list are Burmese pythons, both African python species and Nile monitors due to their threats to natural ecosystems.

green iguana“Introduced into Florida in 1964, the green iguana became established as a sustainable breeding population just a few years ago. The green iguana was first reported on Sanibel in 1970. These exotic lizards are native to most of Central America, over half of South America, and parts of Mexico. Wild-caught green iguanas have been imported as pets since well before that time and still are today. Currently, however, most are farmed for export.

“In several of their native countries, they are prized for their meat and can be scarce as a result.

“There are a few scattered Florida records from the central peninsula and the Panhandle but the majority of their range is the state is right along the coast from Lee County on the west coast and St. Lucie County on the east coast all the way through the Florida Keys to Key West.

“Their range in Florida is restricted by cold weather, hence most of their range is along the coast and throughout the Keys where temperatures stay higher than in inland areas. During extended cool weather snaps in the 30’s or low 40’s in South Florida, green iguanas, which are an arboreal species, become unable to hold on to their perches and often fall to the ground immobilized.

“They are relatively common on Sanibel where 4,915 green iguanas have been trapped and removed since 2015, at the annual cost of about $40,000 to the city. In October, Lee County approved $25,000 to trap and remove them from Captiva.

“The green iguanas prefer to live, although not exclusively, in developed areas around homes and businesses where exotic vegetation such as hibiscus, colorful exotic flowers and vegetable gardens are plentiful. If left unchecked, they can become very dense in these areas and are considered a nuisance, especially in March here on the islands when they dig multiple large burrows in order to lay their eggs in. Damage is primarily caused when iguanas dig their burrow under a sidewalk, along sea walls or canal banks.

“The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation urges islanders to support this bill. Sign up for Action Alerts at sccf.org to know when and who to contact on this and other important issues being considered in the current legislative session.”

Sanibel Gets Serious About Short-Term Rentals

Sanibelcityseal logoInteresting article by Wendy McMullen in today’s “Island Sun”:

“Owners of rental properties beware. A new code enforcement officer has been hired to check that homes and condos are being rented in accordance with city rules.

“Concern has been growing among city council members about the possibility of the state banning cities from restricting rentals and the grown of multiple platforms for renting homes short term.

“There was a time when almost all rentals on the island were done through licensed rental agencies abiding by the rules. Now Airbnb (Air Bed and Breakfast), VRBO (Vacation Rentals by Owner) and a myriad of other sites make it easy for homeowners to rent their properties for a day, a week or a month without necessarily following city regulations.

“The minimum rental period for single-family homes on Sanibel, with a few exceptions, is one month. The minimum rental period for condominiums varies according to the condo association rules….

“In order to counteract the growing number of private rentals, the city is hiring a code enforcement officer to focus specifically on rental violations and sending out advisory letters and applications to holders of business tax receipts for property rental on Sanibel.

“But there is concern about the application for a city license being overly intrusive, requiring owners to agree to things they could not possibly control. For example, owners could not agree to a demand that they ensure renters do not contravene city laws…. Several residents and organizations also had problems with the (application) fees charged…

“City council agreed to revise the application and to look at the fee structure.”

Stay tuned.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity February 7-14, 2020

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CONDOS

5 new listings: Casa Blanca #6 1/1 $363K, Sundial #D205 1/1 $465K, Mariner Pointe #542 2/2 $590K, Sanddollar #B104 2/2 $1.175M, Sundial #L404 2/2 $1.35M.

10 price changes: Captains Walk #B3 1/1 now $229.9K, Sanibel Arms #C7 1/1 now $368K, Sandalfoot #4B2 1/1 now $499K, Seawind #A107 2/2.5 now $559.9K, Mariner Pointe #421 2/2.5 now $599.9K, Yacht Haven #2 3/2 now $999K, Gulfside Place #221 2/2 now $1.179M, Seascape #304 3/3 now $1.2499M, High Tide #A101 2/2 now $1.295M, Sandals #A 3/3.5 now $1.937M.

5 new sales: Blind Pass #C204 2/2.5 listed at $489K, Mariner Pointe #1052 2/2 listed at $499.9K, Mariner Pointe #642 2/2 listed at $570K, Island Beach Club #220B 2/2 listed at $700K, Cyprina Beach #1 3/3 listed at $1.395M.

5 closed sales: Sundial #H210 1/1 $369K, Kimball Lodge #223 1/1.5 $395K, Blind Pass #F204 2/2.5 $427.5K, Snug Harbor #312 3/2 $580K, La Playa #B1 3/2 $1.15M.

HOMES

12 new listings: 968 Greenwood Ct S 3/2.5 half-duplex $414,999 (our listing); 9036 Mockingbird Dr 3/2 $679K; 987 Sand Castle Rd 4/3.5 $749K; 1296 Par View Dr 3/3 $779K; 1589 Sand Castle Rd 3/3 $895K; 3751 Coquina Dr 3/2 $895K; 1430 Causey Ct 3/2 $972K; 776 Conch Ct 3/2 $995K; 2439 Harbour Ln 3/3 $1.295M; 3706 West Gulf Dr 4/3 $1.375M; 1175 Bird Ln 4/3/2 $3.395M, 4577 Waters Edge Ln 4/3 $3.395M.

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Aerial showing location of new listing at 968 Greenwood Ct S, convenient to causeway & bay, plus community beach access on East Gulf Dr

17 price changes: 1027 Sand Castle Rd 2/2 now $469K, 1856 Ardsley Way 3/2 now $499K, 730 Cardium St 2/2 now $554K, 1717 Sand Pebble Way 3/2 now $609K, 718 Durion Ct 3/2 now $645K, 1559 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 now $690K, 1807 Serenity Ln 3/2 now $725K, 731 Durion Ct 3/2 now $737K, 1031 Sand Castle Rd 3/3 now $775K, 5422 Shearwater Dr 3/2.5 now $849K, 1501 Sand Castle Rd 5/3.5 now $889K, 1752 Jewel Box Dr 2/2 now $889K, 2385 Wulfert Rd 4/5 now $1.099M, 6101 Starling Way 3/3.5 now $1.149M, 1671 Hibiscus Dr 5/3 now $1.199M, 2477 Wulfert Rd 3/4 now $1.249M, 1460 Middle Gulf Dr 4/4.5 now $1.8M.

7 new sales: 1607 Sand Castle Rd 3/2.5 half-duplex listed at $579K, 1800 Ardsley Way 3/2 listed at $679K, 9057 Mockingbird Dr 4/2 listed at $679K, 1740 Middle gulf Dr 4/3 listed at $799K, 1244 Par View Dr 4/3 listed at $849K, 675 Gopher Walk Way 3/2.5 listed at $1.195M, 872 Limpet Dr 3/3 listed at $1.395M.

5 closed sales: 668 Anchor Dr 3/2 $885,250; 5402 Osprey Ct 4/3 $955K; 1717 Venus Dr 3/2.5 $1.03M, 430 Glory Cir 4/5.5 $1.14M; 5250 Caloosa End Ln 3/2.5 $1.2M.

LOTS

No new listings.

1 price change: 1226 Isabel Dr now $1.239M.

No new or closed sales.

Captiva

CONDOS

1 new listing: Captiva Shores #7B 3/2.5 $1.55M.

1 price change: Tennis Villas #3120 1/1 now $312K.

1 new sale: Beach Homes #33 3/2 listed at $1.799M.

No closed sales.

HOMES

No new listings.

2 price changes: 11540 Laika Ln 3/2.5 now $1.235M, 15879 Captiva Dr 3/3 now $2.389M.

No new sales.

1 closed sale: 11501 Laika Ln 3/3 $1.225M.

LOTS

Nothing to report.

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

valentineEnjoy your Valentines’ Day!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

Just Another Happy Friday at SanibelSusan Realty


It’s SanibelSusan reporting that it is great to be back from Orlando to the warmth of Sanibel and Captiva Islands. How spoiled one becomes, especially in the winter, living in this tropical paradise. Like in past years, the Florida Realtors® Mid-Winter Business Meetings ended with an uptick in real estate action at home.

With the arrival of February visitors this weekend, there is expected to be a big turnover tomorrow of not just vacation condos but also Sanibel seasonal-rental homes. Rental managers and hotels report few, if any vacancies, next month, so we also expect busy weeks ahead. A report of all that happened this week in the islands Multiple Listing Service follows a couple of news items below.

Lee County County Commissioner Approve Funding for Santiva Beach Erosion Project

At its January 21 Lee County Board of County Commissioners meeting, following recommendation from the Lee County Tourist Development Council, commissioners voted to approve funds for the entire cost of Sanibel’s emergency shore protection project along the north end of Sanibel-Captiva Road. The nearly $1.4 million funding request will use money from Tourist Development Tax reserve funds to protect against continued erosion south of Blind Pass in a critical erosion area.

Temporary protective measures were approved by Sanibel City Council in December and already are in place and working. This new permanent project went out for bid in early January, with this work expected to begin in early March and be completed by the start of turtle nesting season, May 1.

Two Florida Destinations Were Named on the 50 Most Beautiful Places in The World List

Posted on January 28 on www.OnlyInYourState.com in an article by Marisa Roman:

“Florida sure does have some breathtaking natural beauty. While it’s true that many visitors to Florida come for the magic of Orlando, or the sunny beaches of Miami, there are a few other hidden pockets of beauty that are a must-see. Recently, U.S. News Travel revealed their list of the 50 Most Beautiful Places In The World, and it’s no surprise that Florida has not one, but TWO islands that made the cut.

“According to U.S. News Travel, both Sanibel Island and Captiva Island made the list as two of the 50 most beautiful places in the world, and we couldn’t agree more. The two stunning islands are right off the coast of Florida but taking a trip to these gems can end up being the perfect tropical vacation.

“Together, Sanibel and Captiva have around 15 miles of stunning sandy beaches, plus there are no stoplights which makes any visit feel more like a secluded paradise. There are so many different ways to enjoy these islands, from collecting seashells to snorkeling to walking the shoreline with family. Sanibel Island is known for having the best seashell beach in America, with a variety of seashells in all different shapes, sizes, and color.

While Captiva has been known to have some crisp, clear views of the Milky Way from time-to-time.

“While the two islands in Florida may look like they are one giant area, each island has its own set of restaurants, beaches, and activities to partake in. But regardless of which island you choose to visit, you are likely going to get stunning sunsets and tropical vibes no matter what. Visit Sanibel Island & Captiva Island in Florida and see for yourself why they made the list for most beautiful places in the world.

“Have you ever been to either of these islands in Florida before? Share with us your experience in the comments section! Or if you’re looking for more reason as to why Sanibel Island is an absolute must-visit, then check out why it’s the best place in America to hunt for seashells.”

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® Multiple Listing Service

Though attendance was average at the Association’s weekly caravan meeting yesterday, only a few new sales were announced. Earlier in the week, our MLS Director posted the below graphics of the islands’ 4th quarter 2019 sales statistics.

Island inventory today is plentiful. On Sanibel, there are more condos for sale than sold last year and about a year’s worth of home inventory. Though build-out is looming, there are 75 residential lots for sale on Sanibel, compared to 15 sales last year.

On Captiva, 40 condos, 43 homes, and 5 lots are for sale. Those numbers compare to 29 condos, 17 homes, and just 1 lot sold in all of 2019.

So, for prudent buyers there are plenty of choices. Our hope is that election year politics and water quality worries don’t prevent winter prospects from purchasing. Today, the water remains beautiful with no red tide reported anywhere in Florida. (Photo below taken yesterday (January 30, 2020) by Jim Szabo with SanCap Aerial Photography.)

Some ‘Luxury’ Home Features Becoming ‘Standard’

Posted this week on-line at FloridaRealtors®:

“Builders say some the home elements that were considered upgrades only a few years ago are a standard element of most new home construction today – items such as laundry rooms, walk-in master closets and low-emissivity (low-e) windows.

“LAS VEGAS – First-time and repeat buyers say they’d rather have a smaller home with high-quality amenities than a bigger property with fewer such features, according to a survey the National Association of Home Builders released during the International Builders’ Show last week in Las Vegas.

“NAHB’s report, titled “What Home Buyers Really Want,” identified the following features as being most desired by both segments of buyers.

  • Laundry rooms
  • Energy Star–rated windows
  • Hardwood flooring
  • Walk-in pantries
  • Patios
  • Ceiling fans
  • Kitchen double sink

“Builders report that designers are including flexible spaces that add greater functionality to laundry rooms. They’re also creating more outdoor spaces to seamlessly integrate indoor and outdoor living. The survey also uncovered the most likely features that single-family homebuilders say is becoming standard in most new homes built today, including

  • walk-in master closets
  • low-emissivity (low-e) window
  • laundry rooms

“Builders say they’re also more likely to add energy efficient features, such as lighting, programmable thermostats and Energy Star-rated appliances.

“The open design concept, along with great rooms and 9-plus-foot ceilings on the first floor, is also becoming common in newly built homes, the survey finds.”

Source: National Association of Home Builders

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity January 24-31, 2020

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CONDOS

7 new listings: Sanibel Arms West #A3 2/2 $548.5K, Sanibel Arms West #H6 2/2 $549K, Sanibel Arms West #B4 2/2 $559K, Lighthouse Point #111 2/2 $645K, Pointe Santo #C2 2/2 $765K, Gulfside Place #214 2/2 $1.32M, High Tide #B302 3/2 $2.495M.

7 price changes: Spanish Cay #F8 2/2 now $379K, Sanibel Arms West #M2 2/2 now $548.5K, Loggerhead Cay #324 2/2 now $569K, Mariner Pointe #642 2/2 now $570K, Compass Point #222 2/2 now $669K, Island Beach Club #220B 2/2 now $700K, Sundial #K402 2/2 now $1.1699M.

4 new sales: Mariner Pointe #731 2/2 listed at $539K (our buyer), Lighthouse Point #114 3/2 listed at $679K, Signal Inn #18 3/2 listed at $1.175M, La Playa #B1 3/2 listed at $1.299M.

2 closed sales: Sundial #C204 1/1 $460K, Sanctuary Golf Villages I #2-5 2/2.5 $683K.

HOMES

9 new listings: 499 Peachtree Rd 2/2 $474K, 970 Palm St 3/2 $569K, 500 Sea Oats Dr 3/2 $759.9K, 9421 Moonlight Dr 3/2 $799K, 1199 Par View Dr 3/2.5 $999K, 9019 Mockingbird Dr 4/4 $1.325M, 3851 Coquina Dr 3/2.5 $1.389M, 769 Pyrula Ave 3/3.5 $1.395M, 418 Bella Vista Way 4/4 $2.195M.

13 price changes: 9195 Dimmick Dr 2/2 now $419K, 1356 Jamaica Dr 2/1.5 now $549K, 730 Cardium St 2/2 now $564K, 743 Windlass Way 3/2 now $599K, 433 Lake Murex Cir 3/2 now $599K, 1717 Sand Pebble way 3/2 now $619K, 1978 Roseate Ln 3/2 now $732.5K, 1740 Middle Gulf Dr 4/3 now $799K, 1285 Par View Dr 4/2.5 now $849.5K, 1747 Jewel Box Dr 3/2 now $975K, 641 Lake Murex Cir 4/3 now $997.5K, 842 Limpet Dr 3/3.5 now $1.995M (our listing), 1237 Isabel Dr 5/6.5 now $2.749M.

Mama & baby dolphin in the canal at 842 Limpet Dr

8 new sales: 5745 Pine Tree Dr 2/1 listed at $498K, 1925 Roseate Ln 2/2 listed at $639K, 5672 Sanibel-Captiva Rd 3/2 listed at $715K, 335 Cowry Ct 4/3.5 listed at $799.9K, 1056 S.Yachtsman Dr 3/2 listed at $879K, 911 S.Yachtsman Dr 3/3 listed at $1.195M, 2857 Wulfert Rd 4/5 listed at $1.199M, 3757 West Gulf Dr 4/4 listed at $6.499M.

2 closed sales: 1611 Sand Castle Rd 3/2.5 half-duplex $469K, 982 Whelk Dr 3/2.5 $1M.

LOTS

1 new listing: 9042 Mockingbird Dr $395K.

1 price change: 2372 Wulfert Rd now $148K.

No new sales.

1 closed sale: 2510 Coconut Dr $668,666.

Captiva

CONDOS

No new listings.

3 price changes: Tennis Villas #3119 1/1 now $294K, Lands End Village #1667 2/2 now $1.184M, Beach Homes #25 3/2 now $1.995M.

1 new sale: Beach Cottages #1404 2/2 listed at $1.245M.

1 closed sale: Bayside Villas #5316 3/3 $630K.

HOMES

No new listings.

3 price changes: 41 Oster Ct 2/2.5 now $998K, 11523 Andy Rosse Ln 5/5.5 now $2.189M, 1124 Longifolia Ct 4/5 now $2.988M.

No new or closed sales.

LOTS

Nothing to report.

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

Until next Friday, may your Superbowl favorite be a winner, & your February bright!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

From Orlando to Sanibel Island


Below is an update from the leadership team meetings I attended this week at Florida Realtors®, followed by an article with info about seniors, and then the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service activity since last Friday.

SanibelSusan’s Report from Florida Realtors®

It has been a busy three days in Orlando with the Florida Realtors® leadership team at the Renaissance at Sea World.

Wednesday was the all-day instructor auditions where 57 prospective instructors tried out before seven rooms of panelists. First a teacher must be approved to become a member of Florida Realtors® faculty. Then, they must audition again for each class they want to instruct. With this many, it was a long, but productive day. Serving as a panelist is rewarding, in many ways.

That night, Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors won three state RPAC awards.

Yesterday, at the 2020 Florida Real Estate Trends presentation, I heard Florida Realtors Chief Economist Dr Brad O’Connor and Dr Sean Snaith who is Director of the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Economic Forecasting. If you are thinking that these statistical guys were boring, think again. Not only did they make looking at numbers fun, their outlooks for Florida are bright.

Dr Snaith’s big concern is the $23+trillion national debt. 27% of that debt is in intra government holdings including Social Security’s trust fund and the Federal Reserve Bank. The Social Security fund has surplus right now because so many baby boomers are still working and paying in. This surplus will go away, likely meaning that $5 trillion in debt will need to be absorbed by the government.

Comparing U.S. debt to other countries, remember the Greek crisis in 2010, that is still felt there today? Their total debt was $380 billion. (Ours in a single quarter is greater than that.)

Now for the good news. Business stimulus from the Trump administration has boosted investment, which boosts productivity, which boosts wages and salaries. Regulation relief also has reduced GDP an average of 2% a year. The regulations in the 70’s doubled GDP then. We all know regulations are needed, but consideration is needed on how they affect the economy and their unintended consequences. Dr Snaith said, “the secret sauce to economic growth is productivity” which increases with less regulation.

Regarding trade, he said, “though it had been the longest recovery in U.S. economic history, any way you look at it, our labor market is strong.” He expects no Federal rate change in 2020, while U.S. economy continues to grow. The momentum is strong with Florida’s economy better than the national average since 2012.

Unemployment here is just 3.3% with Florida business expected to continue to grow, particularly in areas of professional and business, hospitality, and health services.

Fastest growing area in the nation is The Villages (in Florida). The Ft Myers area is 7th fastest growing in the country. Naples/Marco Island area is 19th.

Nation wide, real estate sales to foreign buyers is down 30%, but domestic buyers are picking up the slack. Overall, the economists expect 2020 to be very good to Florida.

Last night was the installation of 2020 officers and inaugural banquet.

At Florida Realtors, so far today, I attended the Professional Development Committee meeting (where our new instructors and classes were officially approved) and the Legal & Professional Update by Florida Realtors attorneys.

Next up are our District meeting and RPAC Jamboree. 

No Place Like Home

Seniors have lots of options to adapt their homes without a major remodel. The following was extracted from the January-February 2020 issue of “Realtor®” magazine:

“A lot of older adults aren’t going anywhere. Even the pools, gyms, coffee bars, and cooking classes at many senior living communities can’t persuade some to sell the house where they raised their families and accumulated a lifetime of memories and possessions. A full 76% of Americans age 50 and older say they want to remain at home throughout their golden years according to an AARP survey. So what are the smartest decisions people can make in pursuit of that goal?

“Most experts say anyone 55 years and older should plan their future living situation long before they have difficulty climbing stairs or stepping into a bathtub. Too often, people make changes in where they live only after a crisis like a serious fall or stroke – which compounds the stress on them and their family. A new category of home auditors can help clients analyze which modifications can be the most helpful. Daniel Edwards, owner of the Handyman Connection in Hanover, Pass., is developing a program to train people to conduct an aging-in-place analysis that includes a checklist of options.

“The movement to age is place is gaining attention from real estate practitioners and a bevy of other professionals, from designers and architects to health care advisors schooled in accessible design…. There are now “living laboratory” homes that allow people to see possibilities first-hand…. 

Design Modifications – Better Living design in Asheville, NC, and architect Jeffrey DeMure, author of Livable Design, recommend four steps to improve existing homes: putting essential spaces on a main level, including a first-floor bedroom; creating a zero-step entry; ensuring good interior air circulation; and improving kitchens and bathrooms….

Home Products – Apart from architectural and design changes, new products can make most facets of life easier for older homeowners. A stair or chair lift provides a relatively easy, affordable way to get to a 2nd or 3rd floor in a multilevel home or apartment…. And although remodeling a bathroom can become expensive… switching out a tub for a curbless shower with a bench is affordable and helps “avoid an accident waiting to happen”…. A heat lamp in a bathroom helps older adults cope with the common problem of feeling cold…. The latest technology – robotic vacuums and lawnmowers, security systems, and smart-home devices that control lighting and temperature – are also assets for coping with aging’s challenges….”

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity January 17-24, 2020

Sanibel

CONDOS

4 new listings: Spanish Cay #H6 2/2 $549K, Loggerhead Cay 2/2 #542 $739K, Loggerhead Cay #191 2/2 $770K, Tarpon Beach #207 2/2 $1.099M (our listing).

5 price changes: Spanish Cay #F8 2/2 now $379K, Sandpebble #2F 2/2 now $439K, Loggerhead Cay #351 2/2 now $537K, Loggerhead Cay #223 2/2 now $597K, Pointe Santo #A1 2/2 now $875K.

4 new sales: Sanibel Moorings #311 2/2 listed at $599K, Loggerhead Cay #553 2/2 listed at $679K, Sundial #K103 2/2 listed are $889K, Plantation Village #312 3/2.5 listed at $1.44M.

4 closed sales: Sundial #H211 1/1 $360K, Ibis at The Sanctuary #B102 2/2 $468.5K, Sanibel Moorings #821 2/2 $575K, Compass Point #181 2/3 $1.175M.

HOMES

9 new listings: 560 Piedmont Rd 3/2 $460K, 1764 Bunting Ln 2/2 $489K, 9426 Beverly Ln 3/2 $599K, 6141 Henderson Rd 3/2 $675K, 4455 Gulf Pines Dr 3/2 $738K, 201 Violet Dr 3/2 $949K, 1437 Causey Ct 3/2.5 $1.05M, 790 Beach Rd 4/3.5 $1.449M, 6014 White Heron Ln 3/3.5 $1.749M.

13 price changes: 1027 Sand Castle Rd 2/2 now $474K, 730 Cardium St 2/2 now $569K, 1717 Sand Pebble way 3/2 now $629K, 4245 Gulf Pines Dr 3/2 now $675K, 701 Nerita St 3/2 now $724K, 1223 Par View Dr 3/2 now $755K, 822 Beach Rd 4/4 duplex now $819K, 1244 Par View Dr 4/3 now $849K, 215 Robinwood Cir 4/3 now $859K, 1285 Par View Dr 4/2.5 now $865.5K, 938 Pecten Ct 3/2.5 now $949K, 1081 Captains Walk St 4/2.5 now $1.185M, 1206 Bay Dr 4/4.5 now $3.424M.

4 new sales: 1851 Farm Trl 3/2 listed at $559K, 1348 Eagle Run Dr 3/3 listed at $998K, 911 Almas Ct 3/2.5 listed at $1.25M, 5250 Caloosa End Ln 3/2.5 listed at $1.389M.

2 closed sales: 932 Whelk Dr 3/3 $970K, 707 Anchor Dr 3/2.5 $1.15M.

LOTS

2 new listings: 486 Ponce De Leon Rd $223K, 6095 Dinkins Lake Rd $267,555.

3 price changes: 5847 Pine Tree Dr now $339K, 602 Boulder Dr now $399K, 4995 Joewood Dr now $2.6M.

No new or closed sales.

Captiva

CONDOS

No new listings.

2 price changes: Marina Villas #606 2/2 now $736K, Lands End Village #1629 2/2 now $1.3945M.

1 new sale: Captiva Shores #9 3/2 listed at $1.795M.

No closed sales.

HOMES

1 new listing: 15200 Captiva Dr 2/2 $1.1M.

No price changes or new sales.

1 closed sale: 16596 Captiva Dr 6/8.5 $5.15M.


LOTS

No new listings.

1 price change: 16151/16155 Captiva Dr now $5.9M.

No 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.

Until next Friday, Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

Sure Doesn’t Feel Like January on Sunny Sanibel


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Another Friday has arrived. Since last week, the weather on Sanibel and Captiva Islands has continued to be summer-like. Days have been in the mid-to-high 70’s and low 80’s with plenty of sunshine and a few intermittent clouds. That is expected to change on Monday when a cool front arrives. Being originally from Maine, it still cracks me up when they say a cool-front is daytime temperatures in the 60’s – in January. That coolness may be short-lived though. Temperatures are expected to be back into the 70’s by Thursday.

Most years, island business picks up after January 15th, particularly when the snow is flying somewhere. This year there already has been good real estate action here. The changes reported since last Friday in the Sanibel/Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service are after a couple of news items below. (First a picture from our friend, Scott, who shares his wonderful island photos.)

 

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Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® Installation of 2020 Officers & Awards Breakfast

Sanibel realtors logoYesterday was the annual Islands Association of Realtors® installation of officers and awards breakfast at The Sanctuary. Florida Realtors® Director of Local Association Services, Anne Cockayne was the installing officer. Past-President Joel Goodman emceed, and I presented pal Mary Lou Bailey with her Realtor® Emeritus pin (She’s our third island Realtor® to reach this status – 40 years and an active leader.)

2020 BODOur local Honor Society recognized 25 members for their professionalism through education, participation, and community service (my 27th year), while six members completed the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Specialist program, earning their SCIS designation. Congratulations to all.

SanibelSusan Realty Associates

SanibelSusan Realty from Periwinkle WayThis week, SanibelSusan teammate Dave held several Open Houses and saw a noticeable increase in visitors. We also had some good listing inquiries and have future showings scheduled. Elise got a big post card mailing out and will process two more next week. I showed property last weekend, Dave is showing this weekend, and we also had a nice 2-sided closing Tuesday, which was the last island sale in 2019. Big thanks to Simmons Law for getting the needed court motion processed in time for the 14-day closing.

Outside-the-Box Mortgage Solutions

One of our long-time Association of Realtors® Affiliate Members, Dan Royal, sent an e-mail this week that caught my eye. Dan is a Mortgage Loan Originator with American Momentum Bank. He has been financing island real estate for as long as I can remember. Did a loan for my husband and I when we first moved to Sanibel – long before our first sale here. Here are excerpts from Dan’s email:

American_Momentum_Bank_Logo“$860,000 Sundial Resort Condo mortgage just funded! Non-warrantable condos welcome here. Fannie Mae has “in the box” strict guidelines. Our Portfolio Loans are “outside the box”:

 

 

  • 5% down to $1 million primary home purchase
  • Non-warrantable/resort condo 15% down
  • 0% down new professionals
  • Construction loans to $5 million
  • Foreign borrower loans to $3 million
  • Investor loans to $3 million.

“Please contact me if you need some out of the box mortgage solutions.”

Reach Dan at DRoyal@AmericanMomentum.Bank or toll free at 866-530-2265.

Joanna Gaines: Keep These Tacky Items Out Of The House

BridesBlushlogo_v2I saw this article on-line a few weeks ago but saved it for sharing after the holidays. It is long but has some interesting, sometimes funny, points. Written by JJ Foster, posted 11/26/19 on www.BridesBlush.com:

tacky-houses-joanna-101“The Fixer Upper Has Spoken – If there’s one person who knows what it takes to put together an awesome living room, then it’s Joanna Gaines. The reality TV personality has spent the last few years hosting the show Fixer Upper with her husband Chip. Together, they renovate and redecorate people’s homes and have helped take “Farmhouse-chic” to another level of popularity. However, with an eye for great decoration, Gaines also knows what interior designers should avoid doing. The living room is a place for play, relaxation and family time, and Gaines has shared some of the tackiest things that homeowners should keep out of their living rooms.

Fake Plants – Sure, real plants might attract a few creepy crawlies here and there, but there’s something about them that adds a whole lot of life to the living room. More often than not though, fake plants can stick out like a sore thumb and it’s clear that they are definitely not real. As far as Joanna Gaines is concerned, you’re better off having a living room without plants than one with fake ones. She thinks they are lifeless and extremely tacky.

Chintz Wallpaper – Chintz is a form of textiles that can trace its origins all the way back to India. However, the design, which consists of flowery patterns, is recognized these days for being used in the rooms of many bed and breakfasts, especially in the New England area. Joanna Gaines certainly doesn’t want people making their living rooms resemble anything like this. In fact, it’s more likely to look like the kind of building that contains a tomb from the 1500s.

Ruffled Furniture Skirts – While skirts are a perfectly acceptable clothing item for certain individuals to wear, furniture isn’t one of them. Anything that doesn’t have a heartbeat and is designed to be sat on in a living room shouldn’t be wearing a skirt. We’re looking at you, sofa, table, chairs and armchair. Ruffled skirts make a modern living room feel like it’s stuck in a much older era. Either expose those furniture legs or at the very least, give them a straight skirt instead.

Plastic Storage – So many families use plastic storage as a more affordable option of putting away stationary appliances, clothes and virtually anything else. However, there is something about seeing these structures in a living room that screams out, “I shouldn’t be here.” If it’s a child’s living room, then it might make a bit more sense. But if your kids are fully grown and you want a living room that blends luxury with sophistication, then this is not the way to go.

Bold-Colored Walls – Joanna Gaines can’t stand it when she walks into a living room and the walls have been painted in a really bold color. As a child, she remembered that the home her family moved into had the worst-looking walls imaginable and they needed to give them a completely new coat. Not only was the living room a disgusting lime-green color, but the dining room was in her words, “cherry-red.” If you’re living room looks like Sonic’s drive-thru menu, you know you’ve got problems.

“Bookcase Wallpaper – Joanna Gaines has lost count of the number of homes she has walked into and seen this kind of decoration plastered all over the back wall of the living room. Seriously, who are these people trying to fool? It is obviously not a real bookcase. If you want to show the world that you’re educated, get some shelves and put some books on them! The irony is that those who have this wallpaper probably don’t read that many books.

“Matching the Couch With Curtains – Joanna Gaines is a firm believer that curtains and couches shouldn’t be made from the same fabric – it just shouldn’t happen. However, this will be forgiven as long as they don’t share the exact same color or pattern. It’s important to diversify the living room, finding a balance between furniture that compliments each other, while also serving its own unique, aesthetic purpose. As far as the Fixer Upper is concerned, the living room should have a motif, not a uniform.

Mandala Tapestries – While many young people decorate their homes with mandalas, they don’t necessarily know the spiritual symbolism of this Eastern pattern. Then, there are people who discover the pattern later on in life and decide it’s a nice thing to display on one of the walls in their living room. Joanna Gaines thinks that if you don’t share the philosophy that the mandala is connected to, then it’s best to move on and decorate your living room with something a bit more understated.

White Rooms – While a white motif can be pleasant, you should never decorate your living room in just white. Fine, white walls can work, but think of it as a canvas in which you can add various other colors to it. At the end of the day, purely white rooms remind us too much of sterile hospitals, a place where people are often struggling to stay alive. Let’s not try to remind people of that in our living room. Also, it makes un-cleanable stains look so much more obvious.

Weird Lamps – If your living room lamp has more arms than your fake plant has branches, then you need to watch some episodes of Fixer Upper as soon as possible! It is very easy to get carried away with the design of a lamp. If your lamp resembles the Burj al-Arab or some other uniquely designed skyscraper, then something’s seriously wrong. Definitely avoid the lamps that have multiple bulbs with different colored light filters. Just go with a traditional lamp with a shade.

Cliché Art – While it’s perfectly normal to hang up art in the living room, Joanna Gaines hates it when people go for one of the most famous paintings and treats it like some sort of cool ornamental idea. If you are planning on hanging up a copy of Van Gogh’s Starry Night or Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa in your living room, then that’s a bad omen for the room in general. Why not go for a more obscure work of art by a famous artist? Stay original, folks.

Mounted Animal Heads – While many hunters hang animal skulls on their walls like some sort of bragging rights, many people who are not hunters buy them and hang them too. However, Joanna Gaines has her own thoughts on the matter. Whoever’s hanging these in the living room obviously has no idea what they are doing. If you are responsible for that skull, at least put it somewhere where it is not going to upset anyone. The Fixer Upper has spoken!

Futons – Unless you are between the age of 13 and 18 and frequently having friends over for slumber parties, a futon is no longer the way to go. By the time you have graduated from college and are out there in the real world, you should have enough funds to afford something a bit more elaborate than a futon. As we get older, it is our duty to outgrow certain things and futons should be, at the very least, the top five in that list.

Temporary Furniture – While the aim of temporary furniture is to make it look like something that is cool but also a work in progress, Joanna Gaines has zero-tolerance for the concept. As far as she’s concerned, this kind of furniture has no place in the living room and homeowners should just go with traditional furniture instead. She believes that temporary furniture only looks cool for a couple of days, that’s until it breaks for one reason or another – it’s too fragile!

Cluttered Cables – In the age of technology in which we live, it makes perfect sense to have a plethora of devices that have wires and cables hanging from them. This takes nothing away from the fact though that a pile of cluttered cables looks ugly on the eyes. A perfectionist like Joanna Gaines would never stand for such chaos in her living room, let alone anyone else’s. At the very least, hide those cables behind the TV table, away from visitors’ eyes.

Cheesy Photo & Picture Frames – There are so many accessories out there that people use to display family photos on. More often than not, the frame itself can distract the person away from what matters the most – the photo. With tons of cheesy imagery and buzz words on either side of the photo, these tend to just get in the way. At the end of the day, a photo needs a frame, not a dramatic canvas that might be telling a completely different story. Stick to a frame – plain and simple.

Plastic Couch Covers – People put plastic covers on their couches for a variety of reasons. While some apply them to prevent pets from causing damage to them, others use them so that they don’t spill something on them. Either way, a plastic couch cover is always for practical reasons, not aesthetic ones. It’s less to do with the fact that it looks tacky – it just looks terrible in any situation. At the very best, it looks like the scene of a crime.

Shot Glass Collections – Whether it be stamps, coins or Coca-Cola cans, everyone seems to have something they love to collect. However, we’d never advise hanging your collection up in the living room. Joanna Gaines especially detests it when people decide to show off their shot glass collection as some sort of living room ornament. While it may have impressed your friends back during the college years, it just looks kind of sad by the time you reach your mid-30s. Collect something new and hide it somewhere!

Gold Fixtures – There was a time that gold fixtures were a standard “fixture” in pretty much every other house, and that was back in the ’80s. For some reason, there are families who have hung onto those gold fixtures for the last 30 years and, unsurprisingly, they have weathered and no longer look as shiny and glorious as they used to. Maybe one piece of gold furniture here and there is acceptable, but gold motif for the living room is unacceptable unless you are a Saudi prince.

Pallet Coffee Tables – A trend that has been floating around the world of interior design is DIY pallet furniture. Better known for being used to transport large objects on forklifts, interior designs are now making pieces of furniture out of these wooden structures. One of the examples is the coffee tables which is made out of pallet. While some families might like their living rooms looking like a pile of lumber, Joanna Gaines wouldn’t be seen dead with this type of coffee table in her home.

Shag Carpeting – While some people might like the cosy feel that shag carpeting provides, Joanna Gaines is certainly not a fan. She believes that this design trend should have stayed in the ’70s where it belongs. She compared the texture and the appearance of shag carpeting to that of wigs. Moreover, she believes it would have the same effect if you laid some hairpieces on the living room floor instead. While it might be a matter of taste, this is not Gaines’ “cup of tea.”

Wood Paneling – There is something about wood paneling that just screams out a 1980s thriller, with the likelihood of someone in the family going on a violent rampage at some stage. Joanna Gaines believes that this style goes against what a living room represents – relaxation, fun and family time. Unless you actually live in a cabin in the woods, wood paneling is extremely dated and should have no place in any part of your home whatsoever, never mind your living room!

Curtain-less Windows – Seeing that we are encouraged to avoid using so much electricity and resort to natural lighting, you’d think that it would be recommended to refrain from applying curtains to your living room windows. A bit of natural lighting could do your home the world of good, right? Well, gone are the days that you can kick back with a tub of ice cream in private, people are always going to see what you’re doing as they walk past.

Blanket Ladders – If you want to have a living room that looks rustic, at least don’t make it look as if you’re trying so hard to be. One tacky design choice that is indicative of this is a blanket ladder. While these were more commonplace back in the 1800s or in one of the stories from Little House on the Prairie, some have decided to bring a ladder back and use it to hang blankets on in their living room. What’s wrong with just leaving them on the sofa?

Barn Doors – Our only theory for this one is that someone who was having way too much fun one night ended up trespassing on someone’s farm, stole a couple of barn doors and then woke up the next day with them leaning on the wall of their living room. While Pinterest has undoubtedly built up the hype of having barn doors in our homes, and Joanna Gaines is a farmhouse chic specialist, we have no interest. If it’s not being used in a barn, it shouldn’t be used.”

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity January 10-17, 2020

realtor-mlsSanibel

CONDOS

4 new listings: Sanibel Arms #A7 1/1 $359K, Sanibel Moorings #1512 2/2 $549K, Loggerhead Cay #514 2/2 $1.045M, Sanddollar #C201 2/2 $1.199M.

6 price changes: Sanibel Inn #3514 2/2 now $725K, Sand Pointe #227 2/2 now $739K, Pointe Santo #D32 2/2 now $749K, Oceans Reach #3A1 2/2 now $894.9K, Sundial #E108 3/2 now $1.225M, La Playa #B1 3/2 now $1.299M.

4 new sales: Sandpebble #1A 2/2 listed at $439K, Blind Pass #F204 2/2.5 listed at $445K, Sanibel Shores #A2 2/2 listed at $459K, Sand Pointe #227 2/2 listed at $739K.

No closed sales.

HOMES

7 new listings: 1667 Atlanta Plaza Dr 2/2.5 $439K, 1339 Tahiti Dr 3/2 $540K, 1774 Bunting Ln 3/2 $659K, 1068 White Ibis Dr 3/3 $759K, 940 Lindgren Blvd 3/2 $948K, 5633 Baltusrol Ct 4/4.5 $1.949M, 1314 Seaspray Ln 5/5.5 $6.995M.

13 price changes: 1684 Bunting Ln 2/2 now $489.5K; 430 Old Trail Rd 3/2.5 now $547K; 1536 Bunting Ln 3/2 now $588,595; 433 Lake Murex Cir 3/2 now $629K; 678 Durion Ct 3/2 now $649K; 1567 Sand Castle Rd 3/3 now $799K; 5659 Sanibel-Captiva Rd 2/2 now $800K; 1010 Kings Crown Dr 3/3 now $997K; 2857 Wulfert Rd 4/5 now $1.199M; 1671 Hibiscus Dr 5/3 now $1.249M; 1133 Golden Olive Ct 3/3.5 now $2.269M; 3009 Turtle Gait Ln 4/4.5 now $2.595M; 5145 Joewood Dr 5/4.5 now $2.75M.

6 new sales: 1458 Sandpiper Cir 3/2.5 half-duplex listed at $489.9K, 4619 Brainard Bayou Rd 3/2 listed at $595K, 668 Anchor Dr 3/2 listed at $958.5K, 2739 Wulfert Rd 4/5.5 listed at $1.375M, 228 Violet Dr 4/2/2 listed at $1.749M, 5618 Baltusrol Ct 4/4/2 listed at $2.195M.

7 closed sales: 401 Raintree Pl 3/1.5 412.5K; 1558 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 $565K (our listing & sale); 238 Daniel Dr 3/2 $747,126; 245 Christofer Ct 3/2 $750K; 1121 Skiff Pl 3/3 $985K; 526 N Yachtsman Dr 3/2 $995K; 572 Kinzie Island Ct 5/5 $2.15M.

LOTS

1 new listing: 1331 Par View Dr $349K.

1 price change: 1837 Buckthorn Ln now $599K.

No new or closed sales.

Captiva

CONDOS

No new listings.

1 price change: Lands End Village #1667 2/2 now $1.189M.

No new sales.

1 closed sale: Bayside Villas #4212 1/2 $345K.

HOMES

3 new listings: 15000 Binder Dr 3/2 $1.325M, 16801 Captiva Dr 5/5 $2.295M, 16531 Captiva Dr 8/8 $2.85M.

No price changes or new sales.

2 closed sales: 11509 Chapin Ln 4/4 $1.325M, 11559 Laika Ln 2/2/2 $4.25M.

LOTS

Nothing to report.

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

istockphoto-512459044-612x612Until next Friday, enjoy your weekend!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan