Fall Weather Is Here – on Sunny Sanibel


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Yippee, SanibelSusan is happy to report that fall weather really has arrived on Sanibel and Captiva Islands. The high yesterday was only in the low 70’s. Temperatures from now through Thanksgiving are forecast to be in the 60’s at night, topping out in the mid- to high-70’s during the days – perfect weather for the holiday and enjoying the islands.

SanibelSusan Realty Associates

We had another flurry of office activity this week – more listings opened for showing, more open houses, more inquiries. Most years, real estate sales are slow during the holidays – from Thanksgiving until the 1st week in January. Maybe this year will be the different. The island already is filling up with Thanksgiving week visitors and vacationers.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors®

San Cap LogoYesterday was the Association’s November general membership meeting, held following an 8 a.m. breakfast at The Sanctuary Clubhouse. Sponsor was Simmons Law Firm. Speaker was Rae Ann Wessel, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) Natural Resource Policy Director.

These breakfast meetings always have a big turn-out and yesterday was no exception. President Joel Goodman announced that the “Fall Into Christmas” fundraiser for Friends Who Care was a big success. By the end of the meeting, additional cash donations for that charity had jumped to almost $3,800.

With “season” here, many new listings were announced, not many sales, but 19 properties were open for the morning caravan that followed the meeting. I viewed a stunning one overlooking Clam Bayou with amazing water and sunset views. (If you are here “in season”, you can usually plan on seeing new listings open Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. until noon. Because of increased winter traffic, the schedule rotates from east-end to west end. With Thanksgiving being next week, the next event is Nov 30 – east end when our new listings on Anchor Drive and at Mariner Pointe will be open.

The activity posted in the Sanibel/Captiva Multiple Listing Service since last Friday follows a few news items below.

Sanctuary Scoop

sanctuary golf club logoSanctuary Club General Manager & COO, Ken Kouril gave attendees an update on membership. As he said, “if you build it, they will come”.

The Sanctuary is a member-owned club, offering a golf course, racquet sports, fitness, wellness, and an elegant clubhouse with dining and social activities. Club members need not be residents of The Sanctuary neighborhood. Ken advised that last “season” they expected to sell 20 memberships, but sold 32. This year, just two months into season another 17 are gone. It’s definitely a popular spot!

Their premiere offering, the Equity Membership privileges include access to all Club facilities (which were refreshed, remodeled, and renovated summer 2016), a par-72 Championship Arthur Hills-designed golf course, driving range, short game area, putting green, chipping area, golf lessons, priority tee times, and tournament play, a 50,000-sq.ft. clubhouse, world-class dining, four Har Tru tennis courts, four Pickleball courts, and a 5,000-sq.ft. Wellness Center with a sports pool. The Wellness Center includes an 1,800-sq.ft. equipment room housing state-of-the-art cardio and strength training equipment, a dedicated stretching room, a 900-sq.ft. group exercise room for Pilates, yoga, and similar activities, comfortable well-appointed rooms for massage therapy, and a locker room area. Equity members have voting and redemption rights and hold an Equity position in the Club.

SCCF & Water Quality Update

SCCF logoRae Ann’s slide presentation included a progress report of the status of the EAA (Everglades Agricultural Area) reservoir which works with the CEP (Central Everglades Project). The project was approved by voters in 2000, but now 17 years later, it still has not been built. She noted an earlier FloridaRealtors® study on how water quality affects real estate values, not just within the Caloosahatchee Estuary area, but also inland.

The huge amount of water Florida received this summer, mostly thanks to Hurricane Irma, surpassed all records since those first recorded in 1947. The dark excess freshwater observed near the mouth of the Caloosahatchee River, particularly in the bay, resulting from Irma, illustrates how badly alternative outlets and additional water storage areas are needed.

Here’s a little history about Lake Okeechobee and its surrounding dike (thanks to Wikipedia): In the 1910’s the Herbert Hoover Dike was constructed around Lake O. Originally, it was just a small earthen dike. The containment was breached by a storm surge from the Great Miami Hurricane in 1926 and the 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane, killing thousands. After those disasters, Florida State Legislation created the Okeechobee Flood Control District which was authorized to cooperate with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in flood control.

After a personal inspection by President Herbert Hoover, the Corps drafted a new plan which provided for the construction of floodway channels, control gates, and major levees along Lake Okeechobee’s shores. A long-term system was designed for flood control, water conservation, prevention of saltwater intrusion, and preservation of fish and wildlife.

In the 1930’s a larger system of levees was built around the lake. Following heavy rain and flooding from two hurricanes in 1947 (the last time as much rain hit Florida as this year), the dike again was expanded. That expansion in the 1960’s created the current Herbert Hoover Dike. The dike almost completely encloses the lake. The dike now is about 30 feet high on average, but is falling into disrepair.

As SCCF reports, progress is being made on Everglades restoration projects critical to opening the southern end of the Everglades to move water south. Passage of the bill to establish the EAA reservoir will work in tandem with these projects to add water storage capacity south of Lake O to feed needed water to the Everglades and Florida Bay currently dumped to the estuaries.

While the EAA Reservoir does not solve all the problems, it is a major step forward and initial planning for the project has begun. Committee work for the next Florida legislative session also already has begun with the session opening on January 9 (two months earlier than normal because of the upcoming election year). SCCF has a legislation tracker at http://www.sccf.org/our-work/natural-resource-policy/sccfs-2018-legislative-session-tracker. Please follow the legislation and whenever a “call to action” is requested, please act. We all need to stay involved in Florida’s water.

Upcoming Events

Thanksgiving 2017Annual Sanibel Thanksgiving Celebration – You-know-who is singing with the BIG ARTS Community Chorus. Hope to see you there. Sunday, Nov 19, at 6:45 p.m. at The Community House with music and song. Sanibel School’s Seahorse Chorale also is singing. Free admission, but please bring a donation for FISH of San-Cap.

Fit-4-Life 10-Year Celebration – Monday, Dec 4 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Sanibel Rec Center, with music, dancing, photo booth, bounce house, drawings, facility tours, cupcakes, and video.

Holiday Tips from LCEC

Lcec logoFour important tips to keep your spirits bright!

  1. Before you plug in lights, check for frayed wires, damaged sockets, & insulation gaps. Toss & replace any that are damaged.
  2. Consider LED lights which are cooler & more energy efficient.
  3. Don’t overload outlets or extension cords.
  4. Turn off all lighting before leaving the property or going to bed.

Top 10 Airlines Serving Southwest Florida

logo-rswHere’s a little info about the top ten airlines serving Southwest Florida (from the Oct/Nov 2017 “Gulfshore Business” magazine). All of the airlines mentioned below fly out of Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW), except Allegiant (Punta Gorda Airport). Their number of passengers to Southwest Florida and their headquarters, follow their name.

  1. Delta, 1.9 million, Atlanta
  2. Southwest, 1.8 million, Dallas
  3. American, 1.23 million, Ft Worth, TX
  4. Allegiant, 992,990, Las Vegas
  5. JetBlue, 981,000, New York
  6. United, 725,000, Chicago
  7. Spirit, 600,000, Ft Lauderdale
  8. Frontier. 383,000, Denver
  9. Air Canada, 164,000, Montreal
  10. Sun Country, 132,000, Minneapolis

2018 Sanibel Beach Parking Permits Available Now

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On Wed, the 2018 Sanibel Beach Parking Permits became available at the Sanibel Recreation Center. To qualify for one, bring a valid vehicle registration for each vehicle AND a valid government-issued identification. A driver’s license showing a Sanibel address or proof of Sanibel property ownership is required to buy a resident/property owner “A” sticker.

2018 Parking Permit Decals & Fees (permits valid through 11/30/2018) include:

“A” resident/property owner permit $12 (resident &/or Sanibel ad valorem taxpayer property owner

“B” non-resident permit $124 (non-Sanibel ad valorem taxpayer property owner)

“C” restricted permit $90 (resident & non-resident)

“A/C” resident/property owner permit $102

“B/C” non-resident permit $248

Decal transfer or reissue fee $3 (residential & restricted)

General parking meter rate $5 per hour or any fraction

General parking at $5 per hour or “C” permit required for parking at Gulfside City Park (Algier’s) & the Sanibel Boat Ramp

“A” permit parking only at Beach Access Lots 1 through 7 on West Gulf Dr.

More details on www.mySanibel.com. (The Rec Center is open Mon through Thur 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m; Friday 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Rec Center memberships are available too – daily, weekly, semi-annual, and annual.

Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity November 10-17, 2017

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CONDOS

7 new listings: Mariner Pointe #122 1/1 $410K, Mariner Pointe #533 2/2 $499K, Mariner Pointe #1061 2/2 $599.9K (our listing), Lighthouse Point #321 2/2 $699K, Pointe Santo #D6 2/2 $699.9K, Sand Pointe #111 2/2 $715K, High Tide #C201 2/2 $1.045M.

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Mariner Pointe #1061 lanai

 

3 price changes: Breakers West #A5 2/2 now $498K, Compass Point #192 2/2 now $1.195M, Bandy Beach #A101 3/2 now $1.299M.

1 new sales: Sanibel Arms West #G8 2/2 listed at $499K.

1 closed sale: Tarpon Beach #A102 2/2 $730K.

HOMES

12 new listings: 1394 Middle Gulf Dr 3/2 half-duplex $524.9K, 1342 Junonia Sr 3/3 $699K, 3358 Saint Kilda Rd 3/3 $979K, 1195 Par View Dr 3/2.5 $1.095M, 205 Hurricane Ln 3/2 $1.195M, 478 Sea Oats Dr 3/3 $1.295M, 1277 Par View Dr 4/3.5 $1.299M, 534 N. Yachtsman Dr 3/2 $1.395M, 805 Sand Dollar Dr 4/3 $1.449M, 2984 Wulfert Rd 3/3 $1.9M, 6021 Sanibel-Captiva Rd 4/3/2 $2.75M, 5615 Baltusrol Ct 4/6/3 $3.695M.

9 price changes: 1040 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 now $578K, 5306 Umbrella Pool Rd 4/3 now $799K, 1114 Captains Walk St 3/3 now $949K, 2313 Wulfert Rd 3/3 now $995K, 932 Whelk Dr 3/3 now $1.249M, 2190 Starfish Ln 3/3 now $1.395M, 1525 San Carlos Bay Dr 3/2 now $1.695M, 6192 Henderson Rd 4/4 now $1.949M, 4649 Rue Belle Mer 3/2.5 now $2.595M.

3 new sales: 545 Piedmont Rd 3/2 listed at $595.9K; 673 East Rocks Dr 3/2 listed at $688,888; 1312 Par View Dr 3/2 listed at $695K.

No closed sales:

LOTS

1 new listing: 4565 Bowen Bayou Rd $229,555.

No price changes, new sales, or closed sales.

Captiva

CONDOS

3 new listings: Captiva Shores #4B 3/2.5 $1.495M, Beach Homes #6 3/3 $2.499M, Sunset Captiva #302 4/3 $3.275M.

No price changes.

1 new sale: Beach Homes #7 2/2 listed at $1.795M.

No closed sales.

HOMES

1 new listing: 11506 Wightman Ln 3/3 $1.45M.

1 price change: 1121 Schefflera Ct 4/4.5 now $5.6M.

2 new sales: 11461 Old Lodge Ln 2/2 listed at $1.025M, 11500 Gore Ln 3/2 listed at $1.295M.

No 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.

Thanksgiving wordsHappy Thanksgiving!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

Veterans Day Weekend on Sanibel


Today On Island 11-10-17

It’s Susan with your Friday news from The SanibelSusan Team. After recent reports about the weather up north, you may not want to hear that it has been another week of wonderful weather here. (Photo above taken today. It doesn’t get much prettier!) Temperatures topping out in the low 80’s and cooling into the 60’s at night is near- perfect to many locals. We hope it continues.

The roadways and bike paths continue to fill up, so though we are not quite into “season”, it is getting close. I heard the first “the traffic is awful” comment this week. That very well may be the norm this winter. With so many resort areas in Southern Florida and the Caribbean recovering from the summer storms, I bet Sanibel and Captiva are more popular than ever this winter. Many vacation rental properties already report that they are “fully booked” for season.

At the Sanibel & Captiva Island Association of Realtors®

Sanibel realtors logoWed evening from 5 to 7 p.m., the Sanibel/Captiva Association of Realtors® “Fall Into Christmas” benefit for Friends Who Care was a huge success. Member attendees and their families and guests came with unwrapped toys, gift cards, and check/cash donations. With close to $3,000 collected as well as a tree full of toys, these contributions will be delivered to this local non-profit before their toy sorting and wrapping event at The Community House on Dec 19. Deliveries then will be made by Kiwanis Santas on Dec 23.

It sure was fun and rewarding to spearhead such an event. Thank you to event sponsors: American Momentum Bank, Barrier Island Title, Dorado Property Management, Florida Community Bank, Private Client Insurance Services, Rosier Insurance, Seacoast Cottage Company, Superior Title, and Tru-Clean Carpet and Tile Care.

Thanks too to Danny Morgan who provided the music and Jim Anderson the photos, while many Realtors and affiliate business partners helped behind the scenes, especially our hardworking committee members, aka Santa’s elves.

Fall Into Christmas

Yesterday was the first “east end” Caravan of the now-weekly schedule. Thirteen new listings were open for viewing, with several other new listings announced too, but only a handful of new sales.

Next week is “west end” caravan, followed by Thanksgiving, so the next “east end” caravan is not until Nov 30. We will have our new Anchor Drive listing open then.

A weekly report after a few news items below, covers the action posted in the Sanibel and Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service since last Friday.

Upcoming Events

Memorial Day Eagle FlagVeterans Day Ceremony – Tomorrow, Saturday, Nov 11, on the grounds of Sanibel City Hall at 10:45 a.m.

Taste of the Islands – CROW’s 36th annual fundraiser, this year called “A Taste of CROW at Taste” is Sunday, Nov 12, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Sanibel Community House and Park, right across the street from our office. The new twist this year is the opportunity to attend programs and visit some of the animal ambassadors. Bring your lawn chairs, but no pets, as wildlife will be there this year. Tickets are $7 for adults. Free for children up to 12. The trolley starts at 11 a.m. with parking available at Bank of the Islands, Sanibel-Captiva Trust Company, and the Post Office. Starting at 1 p.m., parking also is available at the three near-by churches.

crow 36th tasteInside the Community House, at 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., CROW will have animal ambassador presentations with Bashful (a Virginia opossum), Sheldon (the gopher tortoise), Lola (an American Kestrel), and Violet (an Eastern Indigo snake). Also at The Community House, attendees may purchase from the popular Adopt-A-Species program. Some of the species offered for adoption include a bald eagle, sea turtle and gopher tortoise. A silent auction in The Community House will be ongoing until 4:30 p.m.

Outside, fourteen restaurants are participating in the event and looking for your votes. Dishes will range in price from $1 to $6 and can be purchased with CROW bucks. Beer, wine, and margaritas will be available, plus a variety of music by LCEC Killa-Watts will entertain all afternoon.

give-thanksAnnual Sanibel Thanksgiving Celebration – Sunday, Nov 19, at 6:45 p.m. at The Community House. Free admission. A non-denominational program with music and song by the BIG ARTS Community Chorus and Sanibel School’s Seahorse Chorale. Following the celebration, cookies and apple cider donated by Bailey’s General Store and Jerry’s Foods. Guests are encouraged to bring a donation for FISH of San-Cap.

To Addendum Or Not to Addendum?

Florida Realtors logoThose of you who know me well, know that I am conservative and a stickler for detail. Some good examples are offered in the below article posted on-line Nov 6 at FloridaRealtors®.org. It is by Meredith Caruso, Manager of Member Legal Communications for Florida Realtors®.

“In an ideal world, after a buyer and seller execute a contract, things proceed seamlessly, no issues arise at all, and the parties close on their agreed-upon closing date.

“The reality: While that can occur in your transactions, many times it just isn’t the case. One thing or another pops up along the way, and the parties need to change their current agreement, whether that’s an extension of a closing date or amending the contract to add a new term. Before you race to grab an addendum, though, first consider whether or not it’s actually needed. Depending on the details, it’s entirely possible you don’t need to do anything. This article considers a few different scenarios that can occur and whether or not an addendum is needed. (For purposes of this article, the Florida Realtors/Florida Bar (“FR/Bar”) contract is referenced).

“Scenario 1 – The title company handling the closing finds a lien on the property that the seller didn’t realize was there. The seller says he’ll handle it, but it probably can’t be settled on time for the agreed-upon contract closing date. Do the parties need to sign an extension for the closing date? In short, no.

“Per Standard 18A of the FR/Bar contract, the buyer is supposed to notify the seller, in writing, of any defect in the title commitment within five days after receiving it. The seller then has 30 days after receiving this notice, defined as the seller’s Cure Period, to “take reasonable diligent efforts” to remove the defect. Assuming the seller is able to fix the defect within the Cure Period, the seller needs to notify the buyer in writing, along with proof of the cure acceptable to the buyer, and the parties should proceed to closing.

If the closing date has passed during the 30-day cure period, the closing is to take place “within 10 days after buyer’s receipt of seller’s notice.” In this example, there’s no need for the parties to sign an extension since the contract already addresses how the closing should proceed in the event of a title defect.

“Scenario 2 – The buyer and seller have an “As-Is” version of the FR/Bar contract. The buyer performs her inspection and decides she wants to ask the seller for repairs. The buyer’s agent emails the listing agent to ask about the seller’s willingness to make repairs. The seller verbally indicates he is willing to fix the some of the items the buyer is asking about – but not all. Is an addendum needed? In short, it probably is.

“It could be an addendum extending the inspection period so the parties can further negotiate the repairs, or it could be an addendum to address the agreed upon repairs. In either case, the parties should have something in writing. It’s not a good idea to rely on verbal representations about a party’s willingness to make repairs; and it’s not a good idea to think that simply inquiring about repairs provides more time or an automatic extension of the inspection period. The seller could refuse to honor the repairs later and the buyer likely would have little recourse.

“Additionally, there is no “pause button” on your inspection period clock. Even if the parties are negotiating repairs, the clock is still ticking. If the buyer can’t get an agreement in writing with the seller about the repairs or an extension for the inspection period, she will need to decide whether to cancel the contract before the inspection period ends or her deposit could be at risk.

“Scenario 3 – A hurricane sweeps across Florida. While the property isn’t damaged, power is out around the state and the title company doesn’t have any power to conduct a closing on the agreed-upon contract closing date. Do the parties need to get an addendum to extend the closing date? In short, no.

“Standard 18G addresses this scenario and states, in sum, that neither party will be required to perform any obligations under the contract when the non-performance is due to Force Majeure. All time periods will be extended “a reasonable time up to 7 days after” such Force Majeure no longer prevents performance. So, in this example, the parties should close within 7 days after the title company regains power and can process the closing. No addendum is necessary since the contract already addresses what happens when a defined Force Majeure event prevents performance.

“Note: It’s important to keep in mind that all contracts are different, and the above examples are specific to just one contract. In general, when in doubt over whether an addendum is necessary or not, look to the contract provision that covers the issue. Many times, these types of “what if” scenarios are considered by the contract terms and can save the agent from taking additional – and possibly unnecessary – steps.”

Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity November 3-10, 2017

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CONDOS

4 new listings: Coquina Beach #3C 2/2 $449K, Sundial West #G206 1/1 $509.5K, Sanibel Arms West #H2 2/2 $529K, Gulfside Place #323 2/2 $1.498M.

5 price changes: Loggerhead Cay #434 2/2 now $629K, Cottage Colony West #132 1/1 now $654.9K, Cottage Colony West #108 1/1 now $654.9K, Snug Harbor #312 3/2 now $672.5K, Shorewood #1C 3/2 now $875K.

3 new sales: Coquina Beach #5B 2/2 listed at $399K, Sundial West #H409 1/1 listed at $465K, Blind Pass #B207 2/2.5 listed at $499,997.

3 closed sales: Mariner Pointe #811 2/2 $420K, Sunset South #6D 2/2 $470K (our listing), Cottage Colony West #138 1/1 $570K (our sale).

HOMES

9 new listings: 1717 Atlanta Plaza Dr 2/2 $472K, 1057 Seahawk Ln 3/2.5 $699K, 700 Nerita St 3/2 $725K, 5430 Osprey Ct 3/3 $839K, 5280 Ladyfinger Lake Rd 3/2 $895K, 734 Anchor Dr 3/2 $999K (our listing), 2190 Starfish Ln 3/3 $1.3959M, 4992 Joewood Dr 3/3.5 $1.595M, 3757 West Gulf Dr 4/4 $7.595M.

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Dock at 734 Anchor Dr

 

6 price changes: 9292 Kincaid Ct 3/2 now $499K; 1040 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 now $599K; 673 East Rocks 3/2 now $688,888; 563 Hideaway Ct 3/2 now $724K; 900 Almas Ct 3/3.5 now $1.199M; 2939 Wulfert Rd 5/5/2 now $1.445M.

1 new sale: 3869 West Gulf Dr 6/7/2 listed at $8.495M.

5 closed sales: 2489 Harbour Ln 3/2 $670K, 419 Lighthouse Way 4/3 $797.5K, 6081 Henderson Rd 3/2 $740K, 2628 Coconut Dr 3/2.5 $1.2245M, 5639 Baltusrol Ct 4/4.5 $1.695M.

LOTS

No new listings or price changes.

1 new sale: 461 Lake Murex Cir listed at $349K.

No closed sales.

Captiva

CONDOS

Nothing to report.

HOMES

2 new listings: 48 Oster Ct 2/2.5 $865K, 56 Sandpiper Ct 2/2.5 $889K.

1 price change: 11559 Laika Ln 2/2/2 now $5.995M.

1 new sale: 14865 Mango Ct 2/2 listed at $929K.

No 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.

Always Remember… Veterans… on Veterans Day & every day!flag-p-sm

Susan Andrews aka SanibelSusan

 

November Sanibel-Captiva Scoop


It’s Susan reporting another beautiful Friday on the island – sunny 80 degrees. Our fall weather was short lived, but we don’t mind a bit. We had nice visits from several returning clients this week and the roadways/bike paths are indicating “they’re back!”.

More and more new events are being posted, so if you want to check the “Island Events” tab on our website (www.SanibelSusan.com), I updated it this week to include many of the upcoming fun things to do.

This week was the 2nd rehearsal of the BIG ARTS Community Chorus with the group already tuning up for the Thanksgiving Celebration (Nov 19), Sanibel Luminary (Dec 1), and our Holiday Concert (Dec 14).

At the Sanibel & Captiva Island Association of Realtors®

Yesterday was the start of the again-weekly Thursday 8:30 a.m. Realtor® Caravan meetings. During this fall/winter/spring schedule, the Caravans are limited to 15 properties and, because of the traffic, rotate property locations, with east-end properties one week, and west-end, the next. West end is from Rabbit Road to the tip of Captiva. East-end is Rabbit Road to the lighthouse.

Surprisingly, yesterday’s meeting was lightly attended, but those on-hand were receptive to our last Association benefit of the year, “Fall Into Christmas”, planned for next Wed (Nov 8) after-hours, when we kick-off the holiday season and collect unwrapped toys, gift cards, and donations for “Friends Who Care”.

Caloosahatchee and Everglades Update Post Hurricane Irma

SCCF logothe Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) and the Everglades Foundation on Tuesday, Nov 14 at 7 p.m. at the Sanibel Community House for The Caloosahatchee and Everglades: In the Eye of the Storm. This program and community conversation will focus on water quality issues and restoration following Hurricane Irma.

Progress is being made on Everglades restoration projects critical to opening up the southern end of the Everglades to move water south. The passage of the bill to establish the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir will work in tandem with these projects to add water storage capacity south of Lake Okeechobee to feed needed water to the Everglades and Florida Bay currently dumped to the estuaries. The dark, excess freshwater resulting from Hurricane Irma illustrates how badly alternative outlets and additional storage are needed. On November 14, SCCF and the Everglades Foundation will highlight issues ranging from water conditions to restoration progress and how you can participate in the coming state legislative process and a Federal Action Day in Washington, DC. in May 2018.

While the EAA Reservoir does not solve all of the problems, it’s a major step forward and initial planning for the project has begun. There will be time for audience questions and you can find out how you can help. Community support and action will be vital in advancing the projects and funding needed — as Hurricane Irma’s statewide impacts will also require funding from the state. Committee work for the next Florida legislative session has already begun and the session will open on January 9 (two months earlier than normal).

The program is free and open to the public. No reservations required. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov 14 at the Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way. Refreshments will be available. Program starts at 7 p.m. Call SCCF at 472-2329 with questions.

Weekend Events

esperanza-castingTomorrow, Nov 4

  • Esperanza Woodring Memorial Cast Net Rodeo, annual Bait Box tradition beginning at 8:30 a.m., 1410 Periwinkle Way
  • Island Seniors Annual Trash & Treasures Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Center 4 Life building (corner of Palm Ridge Rd and Library Way).
  • Songwriter Saturday at ‘Tween Waters Resort & Spa pool from 1 to 5 p.m. (featuring Nashville singer-songwriters). Make a reservation at 239-472-5161.

Sunday, Nov 5

2nd Sanibel Blues and Jazz Fest, at Bailey’s backyard (behind the store). Performances from noon to 7 p.m. Tickets available at Bailey’s General Store, at the festival, and on-line at sanibelbluesandjazzfest.org.2017_SanibelBluesJazzFest

Tax Reform Hits Homeowners

realtor logoOne of my favorite economists, Lawrence Yun, posted a good article in the November/December 2017 Realtor® magazine. Though following this topic is like following a moving train, his advice applies regardless of the political outcome.

“Renters will come out ahead, albeit temporarily, if the “Big 6” tax reform framework is passed in its current form. They stand to get about $500 in tax cuts each year. The plan was released at the end of September by the Trump administration and Republican leadership in Congress.

“Because there is no free lunch, who then will foot the bill? Homeowners. Particularly families with children. While it’s unlikely lawmakers intended to hurt them, that will be the result.

“Tax reform is a laudable goal. Lower tax rates are what people want. And Americans are fed up with the many hours it takes to comply with today’s complex code.

“But a reform at the expense of homeowners is misdirected. Homeowners already pay 80 to 90% of all federal income tax in any given year.

“The plan to double the standard deduction (from about $12,000 to $24,000 for a family) means far fewer homeowners will use the mortgage interest deduction. Some homeowners may come out ahead while others will lose out. But larger families will be faced with a particularly difficult challenge, because the personal exemption and the exemptions for dependents which are both $4,050 per individual, would go away.

“For renters, who don’t take the mortgage deduction, the higher standard deduction will likely make most of them better off. Historical data has shown that renters do not accumulate wealth over the long haul. The latest Federal Reserve data show the typical wealth of a renting household has fallen from $5,900 to $5,100 since 2010, while homeowning households have seen their wealth jump from $192,800 to $231,400.

“Congress needs to thoroughly review the tax code with an eye toward simplifying it and reducing the tax burden on Americans, particularly middle-income households who today pay a disproportionate share of our nation’s taxes. Reduced payments in a simplified system could even boost long-term GDP growth. But Congress must never forget, sustainable and successful homeownership should be encouraged.” 

Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity October 27- November 3, 2017

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CONDOS

6 new listings: Coquina Beach #5B 2/2 $399K, Kimball Lodge #303 1/2 $620K, Nutmeg Village #1092/2 $689K, Sanibel Inn #3522 2/2 $709K, Poinciana #3C 3/2 $1.75M, White Pelican #133 3/3 $2.195M.

4 price changes: Lake Palms #6 2/2.5 now $349K, Loggerhead Cay #332 2/2 now $469.5K, Lighthouse Point #217 3/2 now $485K, Sanibel Moorings #1221 3/2.5 now $1.095M.

3 new sales: Seashells #11 2/2 listed at $350K, Sundial West #C306 1/1 listed at $435K, Sanibel Moorings #612 2/2 listed at $565K.

4 closed sales: Ibis at The Sanctuary #B302 2/2 $460K, Tarpon Beach #103 2/2 $725K, Sundial East #O405 2/2 $1.01325M, Sanddollar #A303 3/2 $1.275M.

HOMES

8 new listings: 984 Black Skimmer Way 3/2 $585K; 667 Spartina Ct 3/2 $629,555; 2030 Sunrise Cir

3/3 $649K; 1307 Par View Dr 3/3 $1.1M; 701 Anchor Dr 3/3.5 $1.295M; 1126 Harbour Cottage Ct

3/2 $1.295M; 5757 Baltusrol Ct 3/3 $1.497M; 1561 San Carlos Bay Dr 3/4 $2.75M.

4 price changes: 9225 Belding Dr 3/2 now $490K, 958 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 now $639K, 932 Whelk Dr 3/3 now $1.274M, 900 Snowberry Ln 4/3 now $3.295M.

2 new sales: 1390 Middle Gulf Dr 3/3 half-duplex listed at $499K, 1743 Jewel Box Dr 3/3.5 listed at $1.2M.

5 closed sales: 976 Sand Castle Rd 3/3 half-duplex 3/3 $470K, 5305 Umbrella Pool Rd 3/2 $559K, 655 Anchor Dr 3/3 $605K, 485 Lake Murex Cir 3/2 $970K, 984 Oyster Ct 3/3.5 $1.625M.

LOTS

1 new listing: 2515 Wulfert Rd $259K.

No price changes, new sales, or closed sales. 

Captiva

CONDOS

1 new listing: Bayside Villas #5202 1/2 $375K.

No price changes, new, or closed sales.

HOMES

3 new listings: 15154 Wiles Dr 4/3 $1.495M, 15631 Captiva Dr 5/4 $3.995M, 15138 Wiles Dr

6/5.5 $7.599M.

1 price change: 14865 Mango Ct 2/2 now $929K.

No new sales 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.

Here is a cute sign from the Sanibel Café.SanibelCafeSign

Almost Halloween on Sanibel


OctoberToday is another sunny day on the islands where we are excited to report cooler temperatures and low humidity. It’s always a nice change to have windows open and to wear long-sleeves again. Those local changes also indicate changes up north too, with cooler norther temps resulting in more inquiries and a boost in business here. Temperatures today were expected to reach the low 80’s before another cool front arrives tomorrow after a few showers. Then, temperatures are expected to go into the 50’s at night, with days in the 70’s.

SanCapAssnLogoSanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors®

Following the Association’s annual meeting yesterday, several new sales were announced during Realtor® Caravan. More new listings also are on the market.

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

Upcoming Events

With holidays fast approaching, here are a few more upcoming events.

13th Annual Island Paws Howl-O-Ween Fundraiser – Tonite Oct 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. on the Over Easy Café patio to raise money for Gulf Coast Humane Society.

FINAL_FISH_10K_20179th Annual 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H. – Tomorrow morning Oct 28 – Race begins at The Community House at 7:30 a.m. Periwinkle Way will be closed to one lane during the race.

Island Nights Fall Festival – Tomorrow Oct 28 from 3 to 9:30 p.m. at Casa Ybel Resort with local vendors, life music, food, rum and craft beer samples, dessert station, face painting, henna tattoos, bounce house, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin painting, goodie bags, & a movie.

Trunk or Treat – Tuesday Oct 31 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Sanibel Community Church.

Fall Family Festival – Tuesday Oct 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Community House. A bag of candy gains admission where costumed families will win prizes, enjoy carnival games, a hay ride, and get hot dog and burger dinners.

24th Annual Esperanza Woodring Memorial Cast Net Rodeo – Saturday Nov 4 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at The Bait Box. Free family event with free lessons, youth competition, refreshments, music, and raffle.

Sanibel Sea schoolThanksgiving Beach Walk – Thursday Nov 23 from 8:45 to 10 a.m. with Doc Bruce, Sanibel Sea School, 414 Lagoon Dr. Walk the beach with him, learn about the eco-system, and explore creatures found along the way. Free & kid-friendly.

Sanibel Update on Hurricane Irma Vegetative Debris Collection

Veg-Debris-1As of Wed, mySanibel.com reports that the “first sweep” of the island is 93.35% complete with 78.08 miles out of the 83.64 miles of roads completed. 28 streets (or a portion) out of 256 public and private roads remained to be done with two streets remaining due to sagging Comcast lines. City crews are using small vehicles to collect the debris on the roads blocked by Comcast lines.

Stump removal and a final “mop-up” collection of hurricane-generated debris will be next with hours of operation changing on Monday Nov 6.

Property owners are reminded that vegetative debris generated as part of routine maintenance is to be disposed consistent with pre-hurricane collection methods. Bagged or containerized residual debris will be collected by the regular hauler on regularly scheduled horticulture collection days.

Vegetation Trimming on Periwinkle Way

Sanibelcityseal logoNotice from City of Sanibel – “From Monday Oct 30 through Friday Nov 10 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., the vegetation along Periwinkle Way will be trimmed from Lighthouse Beach Park to Tarpon Bay Rd. Intermittent lane closes are expected. Drivers and pedestrians, please proceed slowly and cautiously through areas when workers are present.” 

Are Your Neighbors Trees Growing On Your Property?

henderson-franklinAnyone who knows where I live, recognizes that I like my yard neat and trimmed. Thankfully, my landscaper does a good job of keeping it that way. One of my neighbors, on-the-other-hand, prefers the jungle look. Sometimes a few of their trees, a big one in particular, grow out over my property.

Some years, during my annual fall “big trim”, I have paid dearly to have some of “their” branches cut back. This year, however, Hurricane Irma did a nice job of taking care of that task for me. Even so, the below article by Donald Thompson, posted on-line Oct 18, 2017 on the Legal Scoop Blog of Henderson Law was of interest. Maybe it applies to your situation too.

“Your neighbors are proud of their beautiful, large fruit trees, which are now growing substantially over your property. The trees have grown so large that a number of branches extend over your house, tool shed, and other improvements, which you believe results in a dangerous condition, not to mention rotten fruit dropping on your patio. What are your options: force the neighbor to remove the tree extending over your land, sue for damages, or something else? You may be surprised.

“In Florida, a possessor of land is not liable to others outside his land for nuisance caused by vegetation growing from his land over adjoining properties. Scott v McCarty, 41 So. 3d 989 (Fla.4th DCA 2010). Therefore, your neighbor has no duty to remove or even trim the tree branches that encroach onto your property.

“However, as the adjoining property owner, you have the privilege to trim back, at your expense, the offending (encroaching) tree, roots, branches, and other vegetation. Gallo v Heller, 512, So. 2d 215 (Fla.3d DCA 1987). Maybe this does not seem fair. You may wonder why you must pay to cut your neighbor’s trees that she allowed to grow over your property. The rationale appears to be grounded in common sense and public policy. Courts recognize that allowing such a claim would likely result in innumerable, and in many instances, vexatious lawsuits. In fact, one case reasoned that departing from the precedent would invite further litigation between neighbors, which as a matter of public policy should be avoided. Scott v McCarty, 41 So. 3d 989 (2010)

“Options – If your neighbor’s tree is growing onto your property, as a general rule you may trim the vegetation that extends onto your property. However, you should not cut any portion of the tree on your neighbor’s property and should not enter onto your neighbor’s property without consent. In fact, you should chat with your neighbor first and discuss what you intend to do. Even if your neighbor disagrees, and the matter ends up in a courtroom, a judge is likely to look favorably on your attempt to amicably resolve your disagreement.

“Exceptions – Of course, there are exceptions to most general rules. In Sullivan v Silver Palm Properties, Inc., 558 So. 2d 409 (Fla. 1990), the Florida Supreme Court cites at least two cases which held a landowner responsible for maintenance of trees and vegetation obstructing motorists’ view of a stop sign. The Courts reasoned that overhanging vegetation which blocks traffic control devices presents an imminent danger, and that a duty to remove vegetation obstructing critical traffic control signage is common sense. Also, the general rule in Florida of no duty or liability of a neighbor for overgrown trees is not the rule followed in all states.

“Other matters to consider before taking action may include:

  • review municipal or county ordinances, if applicable;
  • investigate and consider the possibility of removal of vegetation on your property causing damage to your neighbor’s property; and
  • use common sense.

“These types of claims can be fact driven and varying facts may affect an outcome in court. If in doubt, be sure to seek a competent attorney to assist you. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this issue, please feel free to reach me at donald.thomson@henlaw.com or by phone at 239-344-1369.”

Good Info From The Shell Museum

bailey-mathews shell museum signLast week, Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum held another educational event for those wanting to become Shell Ambassadors. You may have seen those folks on the beach, wearing blue tee-shirts and helping those shelling. One of these days, I hope to become a Shell Ambassador too, but in the meantime, I thought one of their handouts had some good info. Aka Important Contact Information, it includes some number that might come in handy if you see injured wildlife or perhaps a tourist violating a local rule. I’ve added the info to my website “Useful Phone #s & Links” tab. FYI, here it is:

  • Injured land animal – CROW 239-472-3644 x222 or FWC Wildlife Alert 888-404-FWCC (3922) or *FWC or #FWC on mobile phone
  • Sea turtle problems – SCCF Sea Turtle Hotline 978-728-3663 or FWC Wildlife Alert 888-404-FWCC (3922) or *FWC or #FWC on mobile phone
  • Manatee & dolphin problems – FWC Wildlife Alert 888-404-FWCC (3922) or *FWC or #FWC on mobile phone
  • Active code violations on Sanibel (like live shelling, littering, leash law, feeding/harassing wildlife, destroying beach/dunes, picking native plants, etc.) – Sanibel Police non-emergency 239-472-3111
  • Passive code violations on Sanibel (like abandoned beach furniture, large amounts of garbage, etc.) – Sanibel Code Enforcement 239-472-4136
  • Live shelling on Captiva & causeway beaches – FWC Wildlife Alert 888-404-FWCC (3922) or *FWC or #FWC on mobile phone or Lee County Sherriff non-emergency 239-477-1000 • Full Outside bar opens at 10pm (cash only) Wristbands: $10 at entrance cash only (must be 21 years of age or older with wrist band only for admission). Costume Contest winners announced at midnight! Cash prizes awarded to 1st ($1,000), 2nd ($500), and 3rd ($250) of best overall costume. Other prizes to include free night stays, dining credits, Cabana rentals, Jet Ski and parasailing vouchers and more! Dinner before party? Why yes, with both Crow’s Nest and Captiva House accepting reservations now at 472.5161!

Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity October 20-27, 2017

Sanibel

CONDOS

No new listings.

5 price changes: Sundial West #H409 1/1 now $465K, Island Beach Club #P1A 2/2 now $639K, Cottage Colony West #132 1/1 now $654K, Cottage Colony West #108 1/1 now $654K, Pointe Santo #B2 2/2 now $815K,

4 new sales: Spanish Cay #E3 2/2 listed at $369K, Sanibel Siesta #303 2/2 listed at $529K, Shell Island Beach Club #7B 2/2 listed at $820K (our buyer), Nutmeg Village #100 2/2 listed at $1.07M.

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Shell Island Beach Club Aerial

 

1 closed sale: Villa Sanibel #3C 2/2 $630K.

HOMES

3 new listings: 5299 Ladyfinger Lake Rd 3/3 $698K, 921 Strangler Fig Ln 3/3.5 $995K, 1743 Jewel Box Dr 3/3.5 $1.2M.

6 price changes: 1390 Middle Gulf Dr 3/3 half-duplex now $499K, 1943 Sanibel Bayou Rd 3/3 now $649.9K, 5657 Sanibel-Captiva Rd 3/2 now $895K, 1304 Eagle Run Dr 3/3 now $1.199M, 1672 Hibiscus Dr 3/2 now $1.295M, 1149 Paper Fig Ct 4/3 now $2.245M.

2 new sales: 4775 Rue Helene 4/3 listed at $799K, 1270 Bay Dr 3/2 listed at $1.349M.

2 closed sales: 1550 Bunting Ln 2/2.5 $622K, 3728 West Gulf Dr 5/5 $2.325M.

LOTS

No new listings:

3 price changes: 2486 Wulfert Rd now $179K; 412 Tiree Cir now $349,555; 2401 Blue Crab Ct now $699K.

1 new sale: 1415 Sanderling Cir listed at $398K.

No closed sales.

 Captiva

CONDOS

No new listings or price changes.

1 new sale: Beach Villas #2523 1/1 listed at $539K.

No closed sales.

HOMES

1 new listing: 14865 Mango Ct 2/2 $979K.

No price changes, new sales, 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.

 

halloween-kidsHappy Halloween!

Another Happy Friday On Sanibel


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

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

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors

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

At SanibelSusan Realty Associates

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

Upcoming Events & Reopenings

Island Pizza has reopened – after remodeling.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sanibel

CONDOS

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

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

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

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Sunset South #6D – top floor left

 

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

HOMES

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

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

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

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9448 Begonia Ct in Gumbo Limbo

 

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

LOTS

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

No price changes or new sales.

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

Captiva

CONDOS

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

No price changes or new sales.

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

HOMES & LOTS

Nothing to report.

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

Happy Friday, Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusanTGIF

Friday the 13th on Sunny Sanibel


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

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

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

(Maybe related to Friday the 13th?).

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors\

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

Everyone is ready for “season” to begin.

Upcoming Events & Re-Openings

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

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

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

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

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

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

$10 admission at the door.

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

sancap GO MLS logoSanibel

CONDOS

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

No price changes:

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

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Ibis at The Sanctuary Building B

 

 

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Cottage Colony West at Casa Ybel Resort

 

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

HOMES

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

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

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

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

LOTS

1 new listing: 1028 Bayview Dr $2.195M.

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

No new sales.

1 closed sale: 6159 Starling Way $610K.

Captiva

CONDOS

No new listings.

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

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

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

HOMES

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

No price changes or new sales.

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

LOTS

Nothing to report.

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

Happy weekend to all…

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

Island Life – Getting Back to Normal


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

Post Irma Recovery

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

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

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

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

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

Sanibel Approves Budget; Irma Plays Big Role

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Water Quality

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trump Signs NFIP Extension Into Law

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

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

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

36th Annual Taste of the Islands

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

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

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

SanibelSusan Realty Scoop

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

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

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

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors®

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

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

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

Sanibel

CONDOS

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

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

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

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

HOMES

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

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

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

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

LOTS

1 new listing: 6411 Pine Ave $363.5K.

No price changes.

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

No closed sales.

Captiva

CONDOS

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

No price changes or new sales.

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

HOMES

No new listings.

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

No new or closed sales.

LOTS

Nothing to report.

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

Enjoy your weekend!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

Getting Back to Normal on Sanibel Island


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

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

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

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

SanibelSusan Realty Associates

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

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

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

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

                                          Sanibel                           Captiva

No,      Avg $ Price         No.    Avg $ Price

CONDOS        

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

Under contract               11          858,036              5        812,000

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

Sold 2016                         143      717,768                 22      873,636

HOMES

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

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

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

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

LOTS

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

Under contract                  2         419,000                0        N/A

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

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

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

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors®

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

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

Re-openings

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

Island Cow – Reopened this morning.

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

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

Planning Ahead – Pickleball Classic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sanibel

CONDOS

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

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

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View from Pointe Santo #C34

 

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

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

HOMES

No new listings:

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

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

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

LOTS

Nothing to report.

Captiva

CONDOS

No new listings.

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

No new sales.

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

HOMES & LOTS

Nothing to report.

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

2017-09-22 Pink clouds2017-09-23 Sanibel morning

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

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

Island Life After Irma


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Beach looking good 9/12/2017

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

SanibelSusan Realty Associates

2017-09-12 Office

Open & ready for business 09/12/17

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

 

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

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

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors®

Monthly Membership Meeting

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

2017-09-21 Maggi

Maggi Feiner speaking at the Assoc 09/21/17

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

 

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

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

Toiletries for Hurricane Irma Victims

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

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

Hurricane Irma Strikes Refuge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Re-openings, Temporary Closings & More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CONDOS

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

No price changes.

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

No closed sales.

HOMES

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

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

No new sales.

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

LOTS

1 new listing: 761 Donax St $279.9K

No price changes, new, or closed sales. 

Captiva

CONDOS

No new listings, price changes, or new sales.

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

HOMES & LOTS

Nothing to report.

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

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

 

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

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

SanibelSusan Scoop Post-Irma


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The beach at Fulgar St 09-12-2017

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

 

Post Irma on Now-Sunny Sanibel

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Releases from Lake “O”\

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

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

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

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

At SanibelSusan Realty

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

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

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

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

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

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan