Sanibel White Stuff = Sand & Seashells

It is another sunny Sanibel Friday. More warm weather abounds in SW Florida and the drive across the causeway is back to the brilliant azure blue that we see each spring before the rainy season begins.

There was a noticeable decrease in traffic this week on Periwinkle Way, but the City continues to post their daily noontime warning as soon as more than 5,500 cars cross the causeway. I still drive home from the office the back way, with little to no waits this week between 5 and 6 p.m.

Regarding Sanibel’s State of Emergency due to COVID-19, on Tuesday, Mayor Holly Smith again extended the mask requirement and the emergency proclamation until next Tuesday, April 20. Masks are required in all businesses and outside where social distancing is not possible. It seems to be working with a total of 248 Sanibel cases reported from March 26, 2020 through April 14, 2021, a total of 11 on Captiva.

This May Be the Best Month Ever to Sell a Home

Posted on-line yesterday, Apr 15, 2021 on FloridaRealtors®, by Kerry Smith: “Study: April is the best month to sell a home – more buyer interest, less competition, higher list prices and faster sales – and given market conditions right now that strongly favor sellers, there may never be a better time for homeowners to post a for-sale sign in their yard.”

“In today’s market, it seems as if it’s always a good time to sell a home because they’re selling fast, often sight unseen. However, this month, depending on the city, may be the best time of the best times to sell a home, according to realtor.com’s 2021 Best Time to List analysis. From April 18-24, debuting home sellers should see more buyer interest, less competition from other sellers, a faster sale and a higher listing price, the study suggests.

“To determine the optimum time to list, the study considered competition from other sellers, median listing prices, time it takes to sell, likelihood of price reductions and interest from buyers measured by views per property on realtor.com’s website. Because of COVID’s disruption in 2020, the analysis included 2018-2019 listing data.

“Unlike 2020 when COVID upended the spring home-buying season and pushed buyer interest to later in the year, this year’s housing market is following more typical seasonal trends,” says realtor.com Chief Economist Danielle Hale. “With half as many homes available for sale this year than last, sellers are well positioned for a quick sale at top dollar. However, for most sellers, listing sooner rather than later could really pay off with less competition from other sellers and potentially a higher sale price. They’ll also avoid some big unknowns lurking later in the year, namely another possible surge in COVID cases, rising interest rates and the potential for more sellers to enter the market.”

“However, while that April sweet spot for listing a home may be true for most Florida metro areas, it’s not so consistent in South Florida. According to realtor.com’s analysis, the best day of the year for a seller to list a home in a major Florida metro is:

  • Jacksonville: April 4
  • Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach: July 4
  • Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford: April 25
  • Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla.: April 25

What makes the week of April 18 stand out?

Higher price: Homes listed next week typically sell 2% higher than the average week and 10.4% higher than at the start of the year. If 2021 follows the typical seasonal trend, a median priced home listed next week could sell for $7,500 above the average week and $36,000 more than it would have in early January.

Strong buyer demand: Homes typically get 11% more views on realtor.com than the average week throughout the year.

Less competition: Homeowners who listed during the week of April 18 in 2018 and 2019 saw 5% fewer sellers on the market compared to the average week throughout the year.

Faster sale: Historically, homes listed during this week sold 14.1% faster than the average week. In 2021 terms, this would translate to selling in just 59 days – eight days faster than homes listed in other weeks, on average.

A downside to waiting?

While waiting a few months to list a home may be fine, some potential housing market shifts could lessen homeowners’ current advantage. Rising mortgage rates, which realtor.com forecasts will reach 3.4% by the end of the year, could dampen buyer demand later in the home-buying season.

“In addition, improved vaccination rates could also bring more competition if an uptick in homeowners decides that it’s now safe to make a move.

““It’s a seller’s market right now, but you still need to ensure your home makes a great first impression, especially if you want to get the best price for your place,” says Rachel Stults, deputy editor for realtor.com. “The key is zeroing in on what buyers want. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, buyers are looking for more space – or flexible space they can transform into what they need.”” © 2021 Florida Realtors®

Why You Need SanibelSusan Realty Associates

With the “hot” real estate market in many parts of the country, including the islands, we have heard of prospective sellers saying, “You should reduce your commission since you won’t need to do as much work to get my property sold” or “You should charge less if you sell it yourself.”

Let’s consider these suggestions. First, if a seller wants to get sale terms that meet certain expectations, they need to make those requirements known. Perhaps they are only looking to sell if they get a certain price or maybe they can’t close until after a specific date or want to spend another winter here, or maybe they want to sell all their furnishings too.

Should they want the person that will negotiate terms on their behalf, be someone that is willing to give away their own fee? Or should they want someone working for them that will negotiate for them, like they do for themselves. Someone who is tough, but fair, honest, and forthright.

Especially in a hot market, sellers here need the exposure that only a local established on-island Realtor can provide. Everyone deserves solid ethical representation.

I built The SanibelSusan Team because I believe that no one is an expert in everything. In high school, I was voted “best all-‘round”. For years, I thought that meant I could do lots of things but was not a pro at any of them. Then I went to work for the government and then private industry. I found that whether in engineering or management or real estate, the strongest businesses are created with the smartest most-flexible people – not just one person.

On my team, my forte is the analysis, the details, the contracts, probably the result of all those years spent in marine engineering and in writing/administering/negotiating service contracts. I love the nitty gritty in getting a deal done.

Teammate Realtor® David Anderson, is our boots on the ground guy. He oversees the physical aspects of our office and the properties we list and sell. He is our internet sleuth and computer guru. He pulls files at City Hall, determines property values, researches their permit status and their opportunity for development or improvement. He accompanies our inspections, oversees repairs, and does our heavy lifting.

Teammate Elise Carnes, like Dave, has been part of the team for almost 21 years. As our licensed assistant and notary, Elise oversees our listing action items including preparing fliers, inventories, MLS postings, and bulk mailings. She schedules showings, follows up on feedback, and coordinates our weekly and monthly progress reports.

Realtor® teammate Lisa Murty is our Saturday gal. She coordinates weekend showings and updates our island inventory lists. She joined the team in 2007. With a background in the hospitality industry, she always is looking for ways to make selling our listings easy.

Does every SanibelSusan teammate know the ins and outs of the Florida sales contracts and are they all qualified to sell a property? Of course, they are, but more importantly we work together, capitalizing on our strengths, but flexible enough to do it all.

Whether The SanibelSusan Team is working for buyers, sellers, or both, we are fair, honest, and forthright. Our goal is to provide the best service. Our reputation is “we tell the truth” and sometimes that may be hard, but we want to make working with us the ”best” real estate experience.

Sanibel & Captiva Inventory

Table below with data from Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service 4/16/2021. Prices in italics are asking prices.

Average sale prices are provided for closed sales year-to-date, and in all of the years 2020, 2019, and 2006 (which was the prior peak year).

It is hard to believe that there are only 36 homes currently for sale on Sanibel, compared to 193 sold this year. The condo market is catching up, with just 47 Sanibel condos for sale, 144 sold this year. More Sanibel lots have sold already than in each of the last 15 years. Forty-six have sold, just 28 are for sale.

 

SANIBEL

CONDOS HOMES LOTS
# Avg Price $ # Avg Price $ # Avg Price $
Available 47 841,778 36 2,325,580 28 819,111
Under contract 51 816,900 66 1,415,536 12 1,056,325
Sold to-date 2021 93 864,419 127 1,324,262 34 521,588
Sold 2020 192 733,876 290 954,718 23 606,233
Sold 2019 127 694,392 211 949,790 15 372,200
Sold 2006 143 866,972 156 1,143,682 18 523,917

 

 

CAPTIVA

CONDOS HOMES LOTS
# Avg Price $ # Avg Price $ # Avg Price $
Available 8 1,740,312 16 4,819,874 1 3,995,000
Under contract 14 1,270,671 10 2,328,100 1 2,450,000
Sold to-date 2021 19 967,684 20 3,244,595 0 N/A
Sold 2020 47 821,713 27 2,923,148 4 2,537,500
Sold 2019 29 1,037,077 17 2,737,503 1 1,375,000
Sold 2006 27 797.532 25 2,127,352 0 N/A

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity April 9 to 16, 2021

CONDOS

2 new listings: Sanibel Arms West #I8 2/2 $624K, Sanibel Surfside #115 2/2 $1.05M.

2 price changes: Sanibel Moorings #242 1/1 now $409K, Sanibel Arms West #C4 2/2 now $911K.

3 new sales: Spanish Cay #F2 1/1 listed at $325K, Blind Pass #D203 2/2 listed at $459K, Loggerhead Cay #572 2/2 listed at $719K.

12 closed sales: Sanibel Moorings #1512 2/2 $529K; Sanibel Arms West #B5 2/2 $540K; Pointe Santo #B26 2/2 $675K; Sand Pointe #217 2/2 $752.5K; Sand Pointe #113 2/2 $775K; Sand Pointe #216 2/2 $800K (our buyer); Sanibel Arms West #F1 2/2 $924,150; White Pelican #111 2/2 $1.245M; Pine Cove #202 3/2 $1.3M; By The Sea #B301 2/2 $1.595M; Cyprina Beach #2 3/3 $1.65M; Somerset #D102 3/2.5 $1.8M.

Sand Pointe pool

HOMES

3 new listings: 5423 Shearwater Dr 3/3 $1.245M, 820 Angel Wing Dr 3/2 $1.595M, 4601 Rue Belle Mer 2/2 $3.395M.

2 price changes: 3010 West Gulf Dr 3/2 now $1.299M, 940 Whelk Dr 3/2 now $1.47M.

10 new sales: 1695 Serenity Ln 3/2 listed at $649K, 958 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 listed at $714K, 4505 Bowen Bayou Rd 3/3 listed at $729K, 1117 Captains Walk St 2/2 listed at $857K, 1275 Par View Dr 3/2 listed at $1.399M, 2303 Troon Ct 3/4 listed at $1.4959M, 1200 Kittiwake Cir 4/3.5 listed at $1.5M, 742 Sand Dollar Dr 3/3 listed at $1.55M, 775 Conch Ct 4/3 listed at $1.895M, 1680 Hibiscus Dr 3/3.5 listed at $1.975M.

18 closed sales: 1835 Ardsley Way 2/2 $444K; 976 Greenwood Ct 3/2.5 half-duplex $515K; 4397 Gulf Pines Dr 3/3 $655K; 5303 Umbrella Pool Rd 3/2.5 $685K; 1965 Roseate Ln 3/2 $740K; 1052 Fish Crow Rd 3/2 $760K; 3781 Coquina Dr 3/2 $794,999; 1045 Blue Heron Dr 2/2.5 $889K; 685 Sea Oats Dr 3/2/2 $1.05M; 957 Cabbage Ct 3/3 listed at $1,062,150; 5076 Joewood Dr 3/2 $1.329M; 490 Sawgrass Pl 3/2.5 $1.41M; 1480 Middle Gulf Dr 4/4/2 $1.56M; 2479 Harbour Ln 4/3 $1.695M; 513 Lighthouse Way 3/3 $1.755M; 1283 Isabel Dr 3/2 $1.84M, 550 Lighthouse Way 4/4.5 $2.775M; 4961 Joewood Dr 4/4 $4.995M.

LOTS

No new listings or price changes.

1 new sale: 6000 White Heron Ln listed at $850K.

3 closed sales: 667 Birdie View Pt $315K, 3308 Saint Kilda Rd $430K, 3324 Saint Kilda Rd $430K.

Captiva

CONDOS

No new listings, price changes, or new sales.

3 closed sales: Bayside Villas #5118 1/2 $392.5K, Lands End Village #1637 2/2 $1.41M, Lands End Village #1634 3/3 $2.32M.

HOMES

1 new listing: 15867 Captiva Dr 7/6 $12.7M.

2 price changes: 15300 Captiva Dr 9/7 now $6.7M, 15261 Captiva Dr 4/4.5 now $11.499M.

No new sales.

3 closed sales: 11504 Wightman Ln 4/3.5 $1.475M, 16727 Captiva Dr 5/4 $1.925M, 16447 Captiva Dr 7/6/2 $2.79M.

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.

Below is our ad from today’s “Island Sun”.

Until next Friday, Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

Another Bright Sunny Friday on Sanibel & Captiva

As the SanibelSusan Team and I maneuvered through another week of wonderful sunny island weather (low humidity, yet day-time temperatures in the 80’s), we occasionally had to remind ourselves to be patient. Easter always is the busiest week until Christmas, so it was not unusual for complaints about heavy roadway traffic, busy bike paths, and full lots at the public beaches. We try to take the temporary inconveniences in stride – hoping that some buyers are in the visitor mix – particularly ones that want to purchase our listings.

Beach in front of our listing at White Sands

Each day as soon as causeway traffic exceeded 5,500 vehicles (usually before noon), The City website, www.MySanibel.com, posted warnings of heavy off-going afternoon/evening traffic. Lee County commissioners (who regulate the bridge tolls) met this week and discussed keeping the toll booth unmanned, while raising the fee from $6 to $8 to cover the additional costs associated with that change. No decision was made, but it could be an omen of things to come.

Weather Changing

Southwest Florida needs rain with many lawns and vegetation turning yellow and crunchy. Less than an inch of rain was accumulated last month, so water is needed. The rainy season usually does not start until May, but forecasters are saying that we may get brief scattered showers both Sunday afternoon and Monday.

Last week, I posted a couple of pix of the first two gardenia blooms on the bush by my front door. I guess, those plants don’t need a lot of water, as this week, the bush has exploded. Wish you could smell it – it’s heavenly!

When the rainy season begins, usually hurricane season is not far behind (Jun 1 through Nov 30). After the historic tropical storms of 2020, meteorologists predict 2021 could be another busy hurricane season, with between 16 to 20 named storms expected for the Atlantic area.

SanibelSusan Realty

This week at SanibelSusan Realty, we had another nice closing, a couple of walk-ins and several listing and showing inquiries. Unfortunately, once again, most Realtors® wanting to show our condo listings that are booked solid, have buyers departing before, or arriving after, the short Saturday window between when guests leave and new ones arrive.

Teammate Dave was out showing and has been sleuthing for properties that meet buyers’ requirements. We have done that a lot lately. We continue to search for new listings, particularly in communities where we have buyers “waiting”.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors®

Now it has been more than a year since our Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® has met in person for Caravan and Membership meetings. We hope that changes soon. The next Open Caravan Zoom meeting is Apr 15.

Wondering about inventory today? It remains super low. Below is an update from the islands Multiple Listing Service as of Apr 9.

CONDOS:

On Sanibel, 46 for sale, average asking price $821,267.

On Captiva, eight for sale, average asking price $1,740,312.

HOMES:

On Sanibel, 39 for sale, average asking price $2,208,638.

On Captiva, 15 for sale, average asking price $4,280,599.

What about sales, year-to-date?

CONDOS:

On Sanibel, 148 sold/under contract, average asking price $866,941.

On Captiva, 33 sold/under contract, average asking price $1,112,239.

HOMES:

On Sanibel, 185 sold/under contract, average asking price $1,416,986.

On Captiva, 30 sold/under contract, average asking price $3,120,616.

Below are a couple of news items followed by the action posted since last Friday in the Sanibel & Captiva Island Multiple Listing Service.

Update on COVID-19

The mask mandate remains in effect for Sanibel businesses, with the City State of Emergency extended by the Mayor until Apr 13.

FISH (Friends in Service Here of San-Cap) was notified this week that they would get another 300 vaccine doses which were administered today (by appointment) at The Community House.

Today’s Housing Market? ‘Not the Time for Amateurs’

Posted on-line Wednesday at FloridaRealtors®:

“It may be possible to buy a home without the help of a Realtor – but it’s hard to see how given today’s multiple bid competitions for a limited number of homes.

“NEW YORK – Real estate agents agree: Even though the spring housing market is hot, many are desperate to find listings – and this is not the market for amateurs. Nationally, there are about half as many listings not under contract right now than there were a year ago, according to realtor.com The typical home also is now selling a week faster than last year.

“By the numbers, there are now about twice as many working real estate agents as there are listings. Spring is the traditional time of year when the most listings come on the market, but this past March saw 20% fewer homes listed than last March.

“Potential sellers have several concerns, the largest being that they’re afraid they won’t be able to find or afford another home. Not only are home prices incredibly hot – up over 11% year over year, according to the S&P Case-Shiller home price index – but rents are also rising fast.

““The uptick in mortgage rates is likely fueling more bidding wars in the short term because house hunters are rushing to buy homes before rates rise even further,” says Redfin chief economist Daryl Fairweather.

“Supply has been tightest on the low end of the market, but the higher end is now slimming as well. Moreover, real estate agents are relying on their networks to find homes for clients no longer constrained by location thanks to remote work. Source: CNBC (04/05/21) Olick, Diana © Copyright 2021 INFORMATION INC., Bethesda, MD (301) 215-4688”

Island Spring Things

SCCF Sea Turtle Program – Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) Sea Turtle volunteers are trained and ready to begin surveying the islands during turtle nesting season, from Apr 15 through Oct. Nearly 100 volunteers take part in this program, conducting the surveys designed by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, with a defined number of positions. Today, the wait list is more than the number of active volunteers with only a few positions opening each season.

Snowy Plovers – Tues, SCCF posted the following: “We are excited to report that we just roped off our first snowy plover nest of the season! Our shorebird biologist and volunteers found a one-egg nest on the East End of Sanibel this morning and roped it off immediately. The volunteers named the snowy plover … “Pale Male.” He’s shading the egg while his mate was off feeding to get energy to lay the next egg. We also have another area posted on the East End where our snowy plovers usually nest. There are two pairs that will likely nest there. Click here to learn how to protect these precious shorebirds! sancaplifesavers.org

Lake Okeechobee Releases Reduced

Last week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District reported that it would reduce Lake Okeechobee release to coastal estuaries beginning April 3 to slow the lake recession rate. Releases to the Caloosahatchee River are reduced to 1,200 cubic feet per second as measured at the W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam and to 300 cfs as measured at the St. Lucie Lock and Dam. The releases are being continued as part of a planned deviation which was approved in Sept to reduce the risk of lake releases when harmful algal blooms are more likely present (in the summer). Since it began in Feb, the deviation has released about 80,500 acre feet of additional water from the lake.

One of the requirements for using the Harmful Algal Bloom deviation is for the Army Corps to maintain a recession rate of no more than 0.5 feet per month to avoid harm to nesting birds. As of Apr 2, the lake stage was at 14.44’. The lake had fallen 0.87’ in the past 30 days, but still was 2.61’ higher than it was one year ago and 2.58’ higher than two years ago. The releases regularly will be reevaluated as conditions change. Recent satellite images show conditions on Lake O remain poor for development of large harmful algal blooms. Additionally, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection tracks water samples. Operators continue daily monitoring.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity April 2-9, 2021

Sanibel

CONDOS

4 new listings: Blind Pass #D203 2/2 $459K, Blind Pass #E104 2/2 $549.9K, Sanibel Arms West #I2 2/2 $599K, Atrium #102 3/2 $1.498M.

No price changes.

9 new sales: Sundial #F106 1/1 listed at $465K, Kimball Lodge #264 1/1.5 listed at $570K, Loggerhead Cay #351 2/2 listed at $629K, Island Beach Club #210A 2/2 listed at $729K, Sanibel Arms West #D6 2/2 listed at $955K, Pointe Santo #C23 3/2 listed at $995K, Tarpon Beach #109 2/2 listed at $1.1M, Compass Point #102 2/2 listed at $1.375M, Shorewood #2D 3/2 listed at $1.595M.

7 closed sales: Sanibel Arms #C5 2/2 $435K, Blind Pass #E207 2/2.5 $466K, Loggerhead Cay #223 2/2 $575K, Sandalfoot #2C2 2/2 $640K, Loggerhead Cay #274 2/2 $658.5K, Mariner Pointe #112 2/2 $675 (our listing), Sandals #A 3/3.5 $1.825M.

Dockage at Mariner Pointe

HOMES

6 new listings: 4505 Bowen Bayou Rd 3/3 $729K, 2098 Wild Lime Dr 3/2 $795K, 4619 Bowen Bayou Rd 3/2 $894K, 5186 Sea Bell Rd 3/3 $998K, 1275 Par View Dr 3/2 $1.399M, 1146 Golden Olive Ct 5/4 $3.299M.

6 price changes: 1717 Atlanta Plaza Dr 2/2 now $550K, 1695 Serenity Ln 3/2 now $649K, 3010 West Gulf Dr 3/2 now $1.345M, 930 Kings Crown Dr 3/2 now $1.55M, 742 Sand Dollar Dr 3/3 now $1.55M, 4014 West Gulf Dr 4/3 now $3.849M.

10 new sales: 1717 Atlanta Plaza Dr 2/2 listed at $550K, 1644 Bunting Ln 3/3 listed at $643K, 5859 Pine Tree Dr 2/2 listed at $749.9K, 1186 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 listed at $825K, 812 Sand Dollar Dr 3/3 listed at $1.249M, 1743 Jewel Box Dr 3/3.5 listed at $1.395M, 1044 Whisperwood Way 4/4.5 listed at $1.995M, 1245 Isabel Dr 3/4.5 listed at $2.149M, 880 Limpet Dr 4/3.5 listed at $2.5M, 1314 Seaspray Ln 5/5.5 listed at $6.995M.

11 closed sales: 1613 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 half-duplex $575K, 3085 Poinciana Cir 2/2 $599K, 9211 Dimmick Dr 3/2 $699K, 1985 Sanibel Bayou Rd 3/2 $790K, 1050 White Ibis Dr 4/3.5 $935K, 2313 Wulfert Rd 4/3 $1M, 6101 Starling Way 3/3.5 $1.05M, 1147 Buttonwood Ln 3/2 $1.165M, 4500 Waters Edge Ln 2/2 $1.175M, 1323 Seaspray Ln 4/4.5 $1.65M, 2964 Wulfert Rd 5/5.5 $2.65M.

LOTS

No new listings.

1 price change: 6141 Starling Way now $897K.

2 new sales: 971 Main St listed at $205K, 9042 Mockingbird Dr listed at $395K.

3 closed sales: 1820 Ardsley Way $170K, 1303 Par View Dr $300K, 3354 Barra Cir $350K.

Captiva

CONDOS

No new listings or price changes.

2 new sales: Ventura Captiva #4A 3/3 listed at $1.1M, Lands End Village #1662 3/3 listed at $1.99M.

No closed sales.

HOMES

1 new listing: 41 Oster Ct 2/2.5 $1.125M.

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.

Until next Friday, Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

Below is our ad from today’s “Island Sun”.

Easter Weekend 2021 on Sunny Sanibel

Easter weekend 2021 has arrived with the islands bustling this week with many families on spring holiday. Wonderful bright sunny warm weather has kept the beaches, waterways, and bike paths busy. Late yesterday another cool front passed through SW FL which brought stiff breezes (kiteboarders are happy) and dropped temperatures into the 50’s last night. It still is expected to reach the mid-70’s degrees on Sanibel today, with more of the same weather (no rain) expected for the next seven days.

At my home this morning, in addition to many brilliant pink hibiscus, bougainvillea, and periwinkle blossoms, I noticed that my gardenia bushes are blooming earlier than usual. Spring definitely has sprung here!

At SanibelSusan Realty

Again, this week, we have been busy with condo buyers, offers, listing presentations, and more closing action items. Another listing sale was finalized too, while teammates Dave and Elise also got another big postcard mailing out yesterday. Those postcards continue to bring us productive inquiries.

Usually, Easter week on the islands is one of the busiest of the year. With inventory continuing to dwindle, it will be interesting to see how 2021 differs from the norm.

Just after high season, when rental rates drop, often is when prospective buyers return that want to buy an investment property. Properties in seasonal rental programs that were heavily rented in high season may have a break in bookings between winter visitor bookings and summer vacationers. Those prospective buyers hope more showing opportunities are available during that short window.

In years past, bargain hunters also would return “post season”. Those are hoping to grab a property that may have been listed a long time that a seller wants to be done with before hurricane season.

With the abrupt change in supply and demand over the last few months, it is important to advise owners and prospective sellers that though the “as is” sales contract is used most often on Sanibel, this year, it has resulted in many contract cancellations. We rarely saw those before 2021.

Unlike the standard Florida residential sales contract which has no “out” for a buyer (unless there is a specified contingency), the “as is” contract has an inspection/cancellation period. During that inspection/cancellation period, the buyer may walk away from the sale for any reason. They could just change their mind.

In a hot market like now, buyers are making “as is” offers, often without them or their agent having seen the property. If that buyer becomes the successful offeror and the property goes under contract, the buyer then may come and view the property, or have it inspected, or do their due diligence during the inspection period.

To be successful, in some instances, those offers need to be at least full price and with no contingencies – including a zero-days inspection/cancellation period (no inspection/cancellation period).

Some desirable properties have gone under contract within days or minutes of going on the market, and sometimes over asking price. Which also is why, it is important for buyers to work with Realtors® with strong connections. Sometimes we sleuth out a property that will meet a buyers requirements.

Some sellers have asked us how long this market will continue. I wish we knew that answer, but we can say that it likely will take years for inventory to meet today’s demand.  Based on Sanibel sales activity over the pandemic months, today with just 54 properties available (including homes, condos, & lots), there is less than a two-month supply.

Yesterday, teammates and I chatted about how the pandemic has affected sales. The island has welcomed many “new” visitors over the last few months. The City usually posts a warning when the number of vehicles coming across the causeway that day will likely result in heavy off-going afternoon and evening traffic. Many of these “new” visitors discover that they love Sanibel and its lifestyle. Some, who have explored buying in other Florida beach areas, are appreciative of what their dollar can buy here.

With more people being vaccinated, many wanting a vacation break, and others finally feeling more comfortable traveling, though not yet outside the U.S., it may stay busy right through the summer. We have a few listings that fit the profile of the typical spring buyers and we continue to welcome new listings.

Pandemic Update

All Florida Residents Eligible for Vaccine – The state has announced that on Monday, April 5, all Florida residents are eligible to receive any COVID-19 vaccine as prescribed by the FDA. The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for persons age 16 and up, while the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are authorized for persons age 18 and up.

My experience getting my 2nd shot this week at the airport site managed by FL Dept of Health in the north parking lot across from the old terminal was different from my first experience. Still well staffed and efficient, it took a bit longer with many more people being processed. The Disney-like maze of lines waiting to get into the tent for shots was tedious for about 30 minutes, took about 45 minutes total.

SanibelSusan Teammate #3 is getting her first shot on Monday at the same location. Pre-register for an appointment on-line at www.MyVaccine.FL.gov or call 866-200-3468. The week of April 12, this facility is relocating indoors to the old Sears location at Edison Mall (air conditioned).

On The Islands – The Tuesday update from www.MySanibel.com: “The City declared State of Emergency, issued in response to COVID-19, has been extended by Mayor Holly D. Smith until April 6, 2021, unless further extended. Per State Statute, the maximum duration for a Mayoral Declaration of Emergency is seven (7) days and thus must be updated weekly as long as emergency conditions are present.

“Additionally, the City of Sanibel face covering mandate is reaffirmed to be consistent with the Governor’s Order 20-244. The face covering mandate is reaffirmed and shall remain in force and effect throughout the duration of this 7-day state of local emergency. To avoid the spread of COVID-19, social distancing is encouraged, and group gatherings should be avoided.”

According to the FL Dept of Health website, as of March 31, of the 2,064,525 COVID-19 cases reported in Florida, 243 were on Sanibel, 11 on Captiva.

Membership Offerings at The Sanctuary

I received an e-mail update this week from Kathryn Riggio, Membership Coordinator at The Sanctuary Golf Club. She is great at keeping island Realtors® aware of what is happening at the club so that we may correctly advise prospective buyers of the features and membership availabilities there. She said that some club membership price changes will take effect on May 1 when their premier offering, Equity Membership (full golf) increases from $120K to $130K. This membership provides full privileges to activities and sports, dining, and club facilities. The Club offers introductory and temporary memberships too.

Although there currently is at least a 2-year wait list for Social memberships, on May 1, those increase from $30K to $50K. These memberships come with access to the Club social activities and fine dining, the Wellness complex (tennis, pickleball, pool, fitness center, bocce) and to golf including playing the course from May 1 through September 30 for greens and cart fees. Social members do not have voting or redemption rights or hold an equity position in the Club, but the social fee may be applied as a credit toward an Equity Membership fee should a member want to convert their membership.

In addition to the fees mentioned for joining, each membership has annual dues, an annual capitol fee, and an annual food/beverage minimum.

Happy Easter

Best spring wishes from The SanibelSusan Team!

Below is a report of the action posted since last Friday in the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity March 26-April 2, 2021

Sanibel

CONDOS

4 new listings: Mariner Pointe #231 2/2 $699K, Pointe Santo #D24 2/2 $795K, Sunset South #4D 2/2 $1.05M, Shorewood #2D 3/2 $1.595M.

3 price changes: Sanibel Arms #H6 1/1 now $360K, Loggerhead Cay #351 2/2 now $629K, Island Beach Club #210A 2/2 $729K.

9 new sales: Sundial #D408 1/1 listed at $509.9K; Sanibel Arms West #J5 2/2 listed at $589K; Signal Inn #14 2/2 listed at $789K; Sundial #Q401 2/2 listed at $908K; Sanibel Surfside #123 2/2 listed at $935K; Loggerhead Cay #101 2/2 listed at $998,899; Gulfside Place #218 2/2 listed at $1.349M; Cyprina Beach #2 3/3 listed at $1.6M. Tigua Cay #489 3/3.5 listed at $2.325M.

7 closed sales: Casa Blanca #8 2/1 $340K, Sundial #F307 1/1 $460K, Pelicans Roost #106 2/2 $880K, Kings Crown #104 2/2 $990K (our listing), Gulfside Place #301 3/3 $2.125M, Seascape #106 3/3 $2.55M, Wedgewood #202 3/3.5 $2.595M.

Kings Crown beach path

HOMES

7 new listings: 2011 Mitzi Ln 2/1 $695K, 1186 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 $825K, 2755 Wulfert Rd 3/3.5 $1.098M, 1743 Jewel Box Dr 3/3.5 $1.395M, 2303 Troon Ct 3/4 $1.4959M, 1460 Middle Gulf Dr 4/4.5 $1.799M, 1020 Bayview Dr 5/5.5 $4.595M.

6 price changes: 557 N. Yachtsman Dr 4/3 now $1.129M, 3010 West Gulf Dr 3/2 now $1.349M, 4992 Joewood Dr 3/3.5 now $1.65M, 848 Birdie View Pt 4/3.5 now $1.999M, 5633 Baltusrol Ct 4/4.5 now $2.1M, 544 Lighthouse Way 4/5.5 now $4.25M.

6 new sales: 2441 Shop Rd 4/3.5 listed at $949K, 3570 Bunny Ln 3/3 listed at $869K, 694 Heather Ln 3/3.5 listed at $1.4M, 940 Whelk Dr 3/2 listed at $1.495M, 2311 Starfish Ln 4/4 listed at $1.995M, 750 Periwinkle Way 5/4 listed at $3.3M.

18 closed sales: 4115 Sanibel-Captiva Rd 3/1 $550K, 3040 West Gulf Dr 3/2 $650K, 1753 Bunting Ln 3/2 $720K, 566 Boulder Dr 3/2 $725K, 458 Casa Ybel Rd 3/2.5 $740K, 649 Sea Oats Dr 3/2 $745K, 888 Rabbit Rd 3/2 $749.9K, 1430 Sanderling Cir 4/3.5 $770K, 640 Periwinkle Way 3/2 $825K, 1683 Bunting Ln 3/3 $890K, 1312 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 $950K, 1158 Harbor Cottage Ct 3/2.5 half-duplex $1.095M, 1259 Par View Dr 3/4 $1.125M, 1366 Tahiti Dr 3/2.5 $1.4M, 5439 Osprey Ct 4/3 $1.6M, 784 Birdie View Pt 4/4 $1.795M, 1206 Bay Dr 4/5.5 $2.75M, 4323 West Gulf Dr 6/6 $6.565M.

LOTS

No new listings or price changes.

1 new sale: 6428 Pine Ave listed at $305K.

3 closed sales: 575 Sea Oats Dr $380K, 5821 Pine Tree Dr $430K, 0 Island Inn Rd $500K.

Captiva

CONDOS

1 new listing: Ventura Captiva #4A 3/3 $1.1M.

No price changes.

3 new sales: Tennis Villas #3217 1/1 listed at $362.5K, Bayside Villas #5318 3/3 listed at $789.9K, Gulf Beach Villas #2024 3/3 listed at $1.075M.

1 closed sale: Captiva Cove #2A 3/2 $1.295M.

HOMES

No new listings or price changes.

1 new sale: 14980 Binder Dr 4/4 listed at $2.55M.

3 closed sales: 11505 Gore Ln 5/5 $1.6M, 15361 Captiva Dr 5/4.5 $2.65M, 16394 Captiva Dr 5/4 $6.2M.

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.

Below is our ad from today’s “Island Sun”.

Until next Friday, Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

Spring 2021 Has Sprung! Island Real Estate Is Hot!

It’s another sunny Sanibel Friday afternoon. Record high temperatures were expected today, with it already creeping into the 90’s yesterday in some of SW FL. Forecasters say that similar beach-like weather is expected for at least another seven days, with no chance of rain (though it’s needed).

Local waterways, beaches, and shared-use paths continue to be busy, while road traffic seemed a tad lighter this week, likely because local schools are back in session. Just two more weeks of “high season” remain, with some snowbirds already planning their annual trek north.

As inventory continues to dwindle, The SanibelSusan Team and I continue to beat the bushes looking for new listings. Teammate Dave and I previewed a terrific near-beach home yesterday that may be on the market soon. A complete interior remodel by one of our recommended contractors is just finishing up. (Here’s a hint, it’s near the body of water shown below and where there is some of the best shelling in the world.)

Our condo listings had showings last Saturday during guest turn-over and I was out showing on Captiva yesterday, while in the office, we continue to prepare for several upcoming closings.

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

Sanibel Real Estate Inventory

Sometimes it is revealing to look at inventory with a price comparison. Below, by dollar increment, are the number of Sanibel properties available for sale (condos, homes, and lots), compared to the number under contract, and the number closed/sold year-to-date, as of today, March 26.

In snapshot terms, there currently are just 124 residential properties for sale on Sanibel (53 condos, 38 homes, 33 lots), while 167 are under contract, and 172 have already sold/closed this year – and that does not include the many closing occurring next week. The last day of the month is always the busiest day for closings, with March 31st often the busiest of the year!

 

SANIBEL

CONDOS HOMES LOTS
For Sale Under Contract Sold 2021 For Sale Under Contract Sold 2021 For Sale Under Contract Sold 2021
$100-200K 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4
$200K-300K 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 2 8
$300K-400K 2 3 4 0 0 0 10 6 5
$400K-500K 4 6 12 0 1 5 2 4 2
$500K-600K 9 11 12 1 7 9 2 1 1
$600K-700K 4 10 4 2 7 9 1 0 1
$700K-800K 5 4 7 0 15 7 3 0 0
$800K-900K 8 6 7 5 5 14 3 1 0
$900K-1M 9 8 6 3 5 5 2 0 0
$1M-1.5M 11 4 10 3 25 10 2 1 1
$1.5M-2M 1 4 3 11 16 9 0 0 1
$2M-3M 0 3 1 4 3 7 1 0 2
$3M-4M 0 0 0 2 3 2 2 2 0
$4M-5M 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0
$5M-6M 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0
$6M-7M 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
$7M-8M 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
$8M+ 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
TOTAL 53 59 67 38 89 80 33 19 25

Prospective sellers who may be wondering if they need a Realtor® in a market like this, the answer is “yes”. Most of Realtors® have buyers looking for a particular property in a certain location or with special requirements. Now that “season” is almost over, it becomes even more important to have the broadest exposure to the most prospective purchasers.

That means with the property offered in the islands Multiple Listing Service so that it is exposed to Realtors® everywhere, syndicated through worldwide real estate databases, and with local boots on the ground (in our case flip flops) to ensure that every step of the transaction is accomplished successfully so that owners get top dollar.

Pandemic Update

“Pop-Up Site” – Congratulations to FISH of Sanibel-Captiva (Friends in Service Here) for their action. They sent a letter to Governor Ron DeSantis and elected officials addressing the need for COVID-19 vaccines on Sanibel. It stressed the complications that island seniors face, particularly those with technological challenges in vaccination scheduling and logistical hurdles of vaccination sites often long distances away. Many seniors FISH identified as high priority due to age, medical conditions, or transportation limitations. FISH initiatives resulted in the Department of Health providing 250 doses which we used Tuesday during a “pop up” vaccination site at the Sanibel Community House. That day, islander seniors, scheduled by FISH, went by appointment to receive their one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccinations. As FISH says, “it takes a village”. They were assisted by island partners from the Community House, Rotary Club of Sanibel-Captiva, City of Sanibel Police Department, Sanibel Fire Department, parish nurses, medical offices, pharmacies, City officials, and FISH volunteers.

Those 50 & Over Now Eligible – This week with the state announcing that the vaccine now is available to anyone over 50, two SanibelSusan teammates now have received their first vaccines. In addition to the various pharmacies, big box stores, and medical facilities offering appointments, the vaccination site near the old SW FL regional airport continues to take appointments when doses are available. Contact them on-line at http://www.MyVaccine.FL.gov or by phone at 239-356-2006.

Those 18 & Over Soon Eligible – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is lowering the COVID-19 vaccination age to 40 starting Monday and to EVERYONE 18 AND UP starting April 5.

Sanibel’s State of Emergency – My apologies for not including an update on Sanibel’s state of emergency last week. Below is the Tuesday update from http://www.MySanibel.com:

The City declared State of Emergency, issued in response to COVID-19, has been extended by Mayor Holly D. Smith until March 30, 2021, unless further extended. Per State Statute, the maximum duration for a Mayoral Declaration of Emergency is seven (7) days and thus must be updated weekly as long as the emergency conditions are present.

“Additionally, the City of Sanibel face covering mandate is reaffirmed to be consistent with the Governor’s Order 20-244. The face covering mandate is reaffirmed and shall remain in force and effect throughout the duration of this 7-day state of local emergency.

“To avoid the spread of COVID-19, social distancing is encouraged, and group gatherings should be avoided.”

Florida’s Housing Market: More Sales, Higher Median Prices

In an article posted on-line this week, Florida Realtors®, Marla Martin said:

“Florida Realtors’ data: Single-family home sales rose 15.7% year-over-year, median sales price up 16.6%; condo sales up 28.7%, median price up 16.6%. Chief Economist O’Connor: Fewer new listings and a tight inventory means a strong seller’s market.

“FEBRUARY HOME PRICES SOAR AS INVENTORY SHRINKS – The statewide inventory of active single-family home listings, which Florida Realtors has been tracking since January 2008, is currently at an all-time low. And the scarcity of inventory and high demand for existing homes continues to drive home prices higher.

“ORLANDO, Fla. – Amid increased COVID-19 vaccinations and hopeful signs for the future, Florida’s housing market in February reported more closed sales, higher median prices, more new pending sales and increased pending inventory in February 2021 compared to a year ago, according to Florida Realtors® latest housing data. Single-family existing home sales rose 15.7 % compared to February 2020.

““Florida’s housing market continued its momentum in February, but higher interest rates could be a factor going forward,” says 2021 Florida Realtors President Cheryl Lambert, broker-owner with Only Way Realty Citrus in Inverness. “While rising rates could potentially slow the pace of home sales, rates remain relatively low by historical standards. Record-low inventory is continuing to put pressure on home prices to rise and creates challenges for buyers. However, new pending sales rose 10.9% for single-family existing homes last month compared to February 2020, while new pending sales for condo-townhouse units increased 35.4% year-over-year.”

“Closed sales of single-family homes statewide in February totaled 23,947, up 15.7% year-over-year, while existing condo-townhouse sales totaled 11,379, up 28.7% over February 2020. Closed sales may occur from 30- to 90-plus days after sales contracts are written.

“The statewide median sales price for single-family existing homes was $314,900, up 16.6% from the previous year, according to data from Florida Realtors Research Department in partnership with local Realtor boards/associations. Last month’s statewide median price for condo-townhouse units was $233,240, up 16.6% over the year-ago figure. The median is the midpoint; half the homes sold for more, half for less.

“Florida Realtors Chief Economist Dr. Brad O’Connor notes that Florida’s current housing market is a strong seller’s market, with fewer new listings and a very tight inventory (active listings), particularly for single-family existing homes. He says, “The statewide inventory of active single-family home listings, which Florida Realtors has been tracking since January 2008, is currently at an all-time low. At the end of February, single-family inventory was down 56.3% compared to a year ago. Most of this decline has been a result of our ultra-high rate of sales.

““However, so far in 2021, new listings of single-family homes have not kept up with their pace of 12 months ago. In February, they were down 4.9% year-over-year, which is an improvement over January, but still represents a move in the wrong direction. There’s a likelihood that much of this decline has been due to some sellers, who in normal times might have listed in January or February, instead listing ahead of 2021 in response to the unusually strong market in the second half of 2020. But there’s also the possibility that a small but increasing number of homeowners, who have been thinking of selling their current home and buying another one, are starting to get turned off by the lack of available inventory and the rising prices that have resulted from it.”

The condo-townhouse category shows a slightly different picture, O’Connor says.

““In February, closed sales in this category rose 28.7% year-over-year, which is consistent with the growth rates we’ve been seeing each month going back to September,” he says. “Some of this growth is likely being fueled by frustrated buyers who had their hearts set on a single-family home finally giving up and settling for an attached unit instead, but we’re also seeing high demand from folks with the typical condo- and townhouse-buyer profile, as well. And while inventory in this category is still high relative to what we’re seeing in the single-family home category, it was down 34.4% compared to a year ago.”

“On the supply side of the market, inventory (active listings) remained constrained in February. Single-family existing homes were at a very restricted 1.3-months’ supply while condo-townhouse inventory was at a 3.4-months’ supply.

“According to Freddie Mac, the interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 2.81% in February 2021, significantly lower than the 3.47% averaged during the same month a year earlier….”

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity March 19-26, 2021

Sanibel

CONDOS

5 new listings: Spanish Cay #F8 2/2 $449K, Sundial #C303 2/2 $739K, Heron at The Sanctuary #3A 2/2.5 $839K, Sanddollar #B101 2/2 $1.125M, Cyprina Beach #2 3/3 $1.6M.

1 price change: Sundial #D408 1/1 now $509.9K.

7 new sales: Sundial #F206 1/1 listed at $479K, Blind Pass #E101 2/2 listed at $485K, Sanibel Arms West #B5 2/2 listed at $550K, Sanibel Arms West #H4 2/2 listed at $559K, Kimball Lodge #302 1/1 listed at $574K, Blind Pass #G104 3/2 listed at $699K, Sanddollar #C201 2/2 listed at $1.199M.

7 closed sales: Captains Walk #B3 1/1 $286.5K, Sundial #F108 1/1 $425K, Mariner Pointe #732 2/2 $545K, Surfside 12 #B1 3/2 $950K, Beachcomber #D101 2/2 $985K, Pointe Santo #C25 3/2 $1M, Sundial #T405 2/2 $1.193M.

HOMES

3 new listings: 1644 Bunting Ln 3/3 $643K, 3010 West Gulf Dr 3/2 $1.445M, 2857 Wulfert Rd 4/5 $1.895M.

2 price changes: 848 Birdie View Pt 4/3.5 now $2.049M, 1306 Seaspray Ln 4/4 now $4.295M.

12 new sales: 1942 Roseate Ln 2/2 listed at $524.5K, 3009 Singing Wind Dr 2/1.5 listed at $657K, 9446 Yucca Ct 3/2 listed at $739K, 613 Lake Murex Cir 3/3 listed at $978K, 1983 My Tern Ct 3/2.5 listed at $1.098M, 557 N. Yachtsman Dr 4/3 listed at $1.124M, 446 Surf Sound Ct 3/2 listed at $1.178M, 249 Violet Dr 4/2 listed at $1.2M, 6412 Pine Ave 3/2.5 listed at $1.589M, 837 Sand Dollar Dr 3/3.5 listed at $1.895M, 3744 West Gulf Dr 4/4 listed at $1.939M, 5633 Baltusrol Ct 4/4.5 listed at $1.949M.

5 closed sales: 9254 Kincaid Ct 2/2 $486K, 799 Casa Ybel Rd 5/3 duplex $550K, 757 Windlass Way 3/2.5 $1.2M, 1355 Eagle Run Dr 4/4.5 $1.84M, 3009 Turtle Gait Ln 4/4.5 $2.595M.

LOTS

2 new listings: 2133 Starfish Ln $529K, 1084 S. Yachtsman Dr $699K.

No price changes.

2 new sales: 9042 Mockingbird Ln listed at $395K, 000 West Gulf Dr listed at $3.795M.

3 closed sales: 247/255 Robinwood Cir $265K, 717 Birdie View Pt $370K, 5749 Sanibel-Captiva Rd $607K.

Captiva

CONDOS

No new listings or price changes.

3 new sales: Marina Villas #708 2/2 listed at $765K, Gulf Beach Villas #2024 3/3 listed at $1.075M, Beach Homes #17 4/3 listed at $3.45M.

2 closed sales: Tennis Villas #3118 1/1 $341.5K, Lands End Village #1651 2/2 $1.245M.

HOMES

No new listings.

2 price changes: 11530 Paige Ct 4/4/2 now $4.6M, 11559 Laika Ln 3/3 now $7.8M.

1 new sale: 11514 Andy Rosse Ln 5/5 listed at $2.349M

1 closed sale: 16813 Captiva Dr 3/3 $2.25M.

LOTS

No new listings or price changes.

1 new sale:: 16685 Captiva Dr listed at $2.45M.

No closed sales.

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

Below is our ad from today’s “Island Sun”.

Until next Friday, enjoy spring! Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

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Being on Sanibel & Captiva Is Lucky Enough! Happy Almost St. Patrick’s Day!

 

It is another SanibelSusan report, with the days of “high season” flying by at what seems like record speed. Compared to last week, it was another one of terrific bright sunny weather, more traffic, busy bike paths, and lots of real estate activity. Next week is expected to be even busier with local schools out for spring break.

I got a call last night from an island owner begging for help in finding transportation next week. She said there is not a rental car to be had in all of Florida, no island golf carts or bikes available for rent, and airport shuttles full. Thought her only option was to change her flight to Atlanta, where there are vehicles available, and drive to Sanibel. Yikes, that is a long drive!

At SanibelSusan Realty

Here at the office, we got access Saturday to our new listing at Mariner Pointe which had teammate Lisa scurrying to get keys made so that the Realtors® with prospective buyers could get in over the weekend. That unit had a flurry of showings, multiple offers, and was under contract by noon Tuesday.

During the week as Dave, Elise, and I got action items accomplished with both listings and sales, Elise also got another 2,500-piece postcard mailing done. We hope those get our remaining listings sold and drum up some new ones.

Listings that are seasonal rentals, with heavy bookings, continue to get showing requests that cannot always be accommodated because of occupancy or Covid precautions. Midday Saturdays continues to be the best, sometimes only, time those have showing opportunities. Our report of the action posted since last Friday in the Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service follows a few news items.

First is a message that I borrowed from a Facebook posting Wednesday by Realtor® Mike McGraw who copied it from someone else. Mike is from the Orlando area and 2021 Vice President of Florida Realtors®. Though the message is a little blunt, it is interesting to read that real estate is “hot” in many areas. I have found the same to be true talking to clients and colleagues throughout the U.S. Except in major cities, the market is on fire in more rural and vacation-type areas. In Florida, the market is “hot” everywhere.

Here’s the borrowed post: “If you are a buyer in this market and you aren’t willing to pay over asking price & eliminate contingencies, please do yourself and your Realtor a favor and sit on the sideline for now. There is a market for you, it’s just not this one. It’s one with higher interest rates — which helps curb the amount of buyer competition we have right now. It’s like the Olympics of the housing industry. If you aren’t willing to go for gold, there’s no reason to compete. I showed a million-dollar home in Frisco last week. There were 130 showings in the first day. IN ONE DAY! 130 buyers vying for the same home & only one buyer can win!”

To put Sanibel and Captiva into this perspective. below is an update of inventory today, compared to sales last year. I know you are probably sick of seeing these statistics, but they really are mind blowing. Teammate Dave is out showing this afternoon, we both will be out showing tomorrow, and our listings have showings scheduled. Wish us luck!

SANIBEL

CAPTIVA

Condos Homes Lots
# Avg Price # Avg Price # Avg Price
For sale 58

10

826,294

1,841,750

47

16

2,474,021

4,008,374

33

3

914,546

5,131,666

Under contract 58

14

886,578

1,177,285

80

15

1,392,648

2,898,933

21

0

588,931

N/A

Closed year-to-date 55

13

773,643

875,538

69

11

1,337,138

3,434,263

19

0

647,473

N/A

Sold in 2020 192

47

733,876

821,713

288

27

951,487

2,923,148

23

4

606,233

2,537,500

Note: In the groupings above, the 1st line in each group provides Sanibel statistics, the 2nd line Captiva. This representation is based on data supplied by the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service 3/12/2021.

 Sanibel – COVID-19

The City declared State of Emergency, issued in response to COVID-19, has been extended by Mayor Mick Denham until March 16, 2021, unless further extended. Per State Statute, the maximum duration for a Mayoral Declaration of Emergency is seven (7) days and thus must be updated weekly so long as the emergency conditions are present.

Additionally, the City of Sanibel face covering mandate remains in effect through the duration of this time. Social distancing is encouraged, and group gatherings are to be avoided.

From Florida Department of Health, Sanibel’s total accumulative number of COVID-19 cases since March 26 through March 10 is 234 cases. That is five cases in seven days. PLEASE CONTINUE TO STAY VIGILANT.

Fannie, Freddie Tighten Rules for Condos in Vacation Locales

Dan Krispinsky with Lake Michigan Credit Union, who for years has been a local go-to lender for condotels, recently sent me the below “Wall Street Journal” article (January 9, 2021) which likely will affect those buyers needing financing. (FYI, a condotel is a condominium where units are individually owned but where there may be an on-site rental office where units are rented like a hotel. Several island non-residential complexes that allow short-term vacation rentals fall into that category.)

“Getting a mortgage for a resort-area condo might become more difficult after Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac moved to tighten rules on buildings with many short-term rentals and hotel-like amenities, some Realtors® and bankers say.

“Fannie Mae last month changed its rules to make it clearer that it won’t back certain loans in high-rent vacation areas, with Freddie Mac taking similar steps that go into effect next month….

“The updated rules, which went into effect Dec 7 for Fannie, are starting to generate pushback from Realtors® and bankers who say entire buildings could be ineligible for financing even if only some

units are rented out on short-term basis.

“They also fault the process Fannie uses to determine the eligibility of a building, saying it is opaque and can’t be disputed by a building’s owners or its home-owners association.

“”We’re concerned that access to credit could be limited for whole projects or condo buildings, which could affect not just second-home buyers but some primary homebuyers across the country,” said Ken Fears, a senior policy adviser at the National Association of Realtors®.

“Fannie says its revamped rules are meant to clarify longstanding policies, which revolve around the eligibility of the entire condo project, not particular units. The focus is also more on “condotel” buildings organized centrally through management, rental, and realty companies than on individuals who offer their units on Airbnb or other hosting services….

“When a project as a whole functions more like a vacation rental resort, the building is ineligible for Fannie financing, and mortgages secured by units in that project are also ineligible, the company says.

“Fannie Mae’s charter is for residential lending,” the company spokesman said. “We provided clarity to lenders regarding what are acceptable residential condominium projects and what meets Fannie Mae Residential lending standards and practices.”

“Bankers say the tighter requirements are beginning to limit the number of lenders for second-home condos, driving up interest rates on new loans and limiting the availability of 30-year mortgages on such units. Bankers fear Fannie and Freddie may no longer buy loans on certain condos or force lenders to buy back mortgages on ineligible buildings.

“”Until there is more clarity from agencies, all mortgage bankers are shutting off the valve on condo loans right now,” said Rob Henger, director of mortgage banking at FirstBank Mortgage, a Nashville, Tenn-based bank.

“Fannie and Freddie don’t make loans. Instead, they buy mortgages and package them into securities that are sold to investors. The companies’ promise to make investors whole in case of default keeps down that price of home loans and underpins the popular 30-year fixed-rate mortgage.

“Together, the companies backstop about half of the $11 trillion U.S. mortgage market. Condos make up between 7% and 10% of their business, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the firms’ federal regulator. It was unclear how many condos are located in beach towns and other resort areas affected by the tightened rules….”

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity March 5-12, 2021

Sanibel

CONDOS

4 new listings: Mariner Pointe #122 1/1 $485K, Blind Pass #G104 3/2 $699K, Compass Point #102 2/2 $1.375M, Somerset #D102 3/2.5 $1.849M.

1 price change: Pointe Santo #E26 2/2 now $1.269M.

8 new sales: Sanibel Moorings #1512 2/2 listed at $525K; Sanibel Arms West #J3 2/2 listed at $569K; Kimball Lodge #302 1/1 listed at $574K; Sanibel Moorings #842 2/2 listed at $619K; Mariner Pointe #112 2/2 listed at $699K (our listing, see slideshow below); Sanibel Surfside #234 2/2 listed at $819K; Tarpon Beach #206 2/2 listed at $998,899; Wedgewood #202 listed at $2.595M.

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8 closed sales: Mariner Pointe #1043 2/2 $472.5K, Sundial #J102 1/1 $499K, Sanibel Arms West #A3 2/2 $520K, Pointe Santo #B5 2/2 $670K, Kings Crown #110 2/2 $765K, Pointe Santo #D35 2/2 $775K, Surfside 12 #A4 3/2 $830K, Pointe Santo #A31 2/2 $917K.

HOMES

5 new listings: 2015 Wild Lime Dr 3/3 $570K, 1717 Atlanta Plaza Dr 2/2 $599K, 3781 Coquina Dr 3/2 $789K, 2480 Library Way 3/2.5 $829K, 2311 Starfish Ln 4/4 $1.995M.

5 price changes: 1695 Serenity Ln 3/2 now $669K, 2464 Blind Pass Ct 3/2 now $1.2M, 837 Sand Dollar Dr 3/3.5 now $1.895M, 848 Birdie View Pt 4/3.5 now $2.095M, 950 Victoria way 4/4 now $2.25M.

4 new sales: 1612 Serenity Ln 3/2 listed at $674.5K; 1965 Roseate Ln 3/2 listed at $739,55; 1560 Royal Poinciana Dr 3/2 listed at $899K; 4701 Rue Belle Mer 4/5 listed at $3.395M.

6 closed sales: 984 Sand Castle Rd 3/3 half-duplex $505K; 6041 Sanibel-Captiva Rd 2/1 $750K; 9277 Belding Dr 3/3 $830K; 3019 Poinciana Cir 5/3.5 $1,180,718; 519 Kinzie Island Ct 4/3.5 $1.95M; 488 Lighthouse Way 4/4 $3.445M.

LOTS

4 new listings: 2348 Wulfert Rd $329K, 5687 Baltusrol Ct $399K, 809 Pyrula Ave $424.9K, 1321 Seaspray Ln $899K.

No price changes.

2 new sales: 247 & 255 Robinwood Cir listed at $279K, 6008 White Heron Ln listed at $819K.

3 closed sales: 2372 Wulfert Rd $130K, 2933 Wulfert Rd $335K, 1825 Long Point Ln $362.5K.

Captiva

CONDOS

No new listings or price changes.

2 new sales: Gulf Beach Villas #2127 2/2 listed at $900K, Captiva Shores #1B 3/2.5 listed at $1.799M.

No closed sales.

HOMES

No new listings or price changes.

2 new sales: 15146 Wiles Dr 2/2 listed at $2.389M, 1105 Tallow Tree Ct 3/3 listed at $2.45M.

2 closed sales: 16163 Captiva Dr 3/2 $2,004,202; 16189 Captiva Dr 6/4 $3.3M.

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.

Below is our ad from today’s “Island Sun”.

Until next Friday, Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

 

With 30 Sales & Only 12 New Listings This Week, Sanibel/Captiva Inventory is Disappearing

It is Susan again reporting another beautiful Friday on sunny Sanibel. The weathermen keep saying that cold fronts are passing through but those seem to just bring extra breeze and lower humidity. Daytime temperatures have still been reaching into at least the 70’s, though latest forecasts say a rare dry-season shower is expected tomorrow afternoon. That’s perfectly AOK, we need it.

At SanibelSusan Realty

It was another good week in the office, with a new listing, another in the works, another listing under contract, plus another sight-unseen sale (with this one, I have not seen the property nor have the buyers). Teammate Dave accompanied a home inspection, while Elise followed up on a handful of positive showings at a listing that has been booked for weeks with a long-term tenant. We all had a hand in various action items completed with the six closings in our hopper. These “high season” weeks are flying by, we can hardly believe it is already Friday and March.

I will be out showing property again tomorrow during that short showing window between when one guest checks out and the next checks in.

Though still not having our in-person Thursday morning meetings where we announce new listings, price reductions, and sales, the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® had another Zoom Caravan meeting yesterday. After the meeting there were no properties open for Caravan as it was announced (with a smile) that the properties that were scheduled have already gone under contract. The hot market continues.

The activity since last Friday in the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service follows a couple of news items below. The number of new sales continues to be double or triple the number of new listings. Talking with colleagues, we commiserate about having buyers waiting in the wings with no properties that match their requirements. Could be time for those buyers to relax their criteria. Some think things will change post-pandemic and more listings will become available. I bet prices continue to rise.

 Sanibel – COVID-19

The City declared State of Emergency, issued in response to COVID-19, has been extended by Mayor Mick Denham until March 9, 2021, unless further extended. Per State Statute, the maximum duration for a Mayoral Declaration of Emergency is seven (7) days and thus must be updated weekly so long as the emergency conditions are present.

(On a side note, congratulations to Mayor Denham who will soon be enjoying retirement. He has served Sanibel for 16 years, on City Council, including as Vice Mayor & Mayor. Mick did not seek reelection when his term expired this month. There will be three new faces on City Council at their next meeting March 16. That is when newly-elected Councilors Dr Scott Crater, John Henshaw, and Mike Miller will take their oaths and a new mayor and vice mayor will be selected by the council at large. Thanks also go out to former councilors Chauncey Goss & Jerry Muench who stepped up to temporarily fill two vacant council seats from November to March – more proof that Sanibel’s volunteer community is 2nd to none. Thanks to the many volunteers that make Sanibel so special!)

Additionally, the City of Sanibel face covering mandate is reaffirmed to be consistent with the Governor’s Order 20-244 and shall remain in force and effect through the duration of the 7-day state of local emergency. Social distancing encouraged and group gatherings are to be avoided.

From Florida Department of Health, Sanibel’s total accumulative number of COVID-19 cases since March 26 through March 3 is 229 cases. That is only one more than last week. Though case numbers are going down, PLEASE CONTINUE TO STAY VIGILANT.

Sanibel Happenings

84th Annual Shell Festival runs though tomorrow at The Community House (today until 3 p.m. and tomorrow March 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.), while the 2021 Virtual Sanibel Shell Show is premiering on YouTube today and tomorrow (March 5 & 6 from noon until 3 p.m.). For more info, visit https://sanibelshellclub.com/virtual-2021-sanibel-shell-show/.

Zonta On-Line Art Auction this year replaces their annual Peek of the Unique. The auction runs through March 10 with full catalog at www.ZontaSanCap.org. Also, as part of this year’s event, antique experts will provide appraisals on March 13 from 1 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Blue Giraffe at Beachview Estates. For a $100 donation, a 15-minute session for up to three items will be provided. To make an appraisal reservation, go to https://zontasancap.org/fundraising. All proceeds are awarded in grants to non-profits in Lee County.

Florida Realtors 2021 Legislative Agenda

FYI, from the March 2021 issue of “FloridaRealtor®”: “When Florida lawmakers convene on March 2 for the 2021 legislative session, they face a multi-billion-dollar budget shortfall created by the pandemic. Although the budget gap will be a top priority for legislators, they will consider several bills that could help the real estate industry and property owners. At press time, Florida Realtors® identified six legislative priorities for the 2021 session:

Liability Protection – Florida Realtors® advocates for protections for businesses against frivolous lawsuits resulting from the pandemic.

Property Insurance – Increased insurance costs and lower levels of coverage are making the cost of homeownership unaffordable in many areas of the state. These rising prices are being driven by a combination of frequent hurricanes, natural catastrophes in other parts of the country or world, higher reinsurance rates and increased litigation costs for insurance companies. Florida Realtors® supports sensible legislation that reduces occurrences of unnecessary litigation while protecting the rights of property owners to challenge insurance claims.

Affordable Housing – The pandemic has escalated the housing crisis. Florida Realtors® will ask for full funding from the trust funds for home buying and rental assistance programs.

The Environment – Though the super-active 2020 hurricane season spared most of Florida, rising sea levels remain a problem for many coastal communities. Realtors® will be working with legislators to address this problem and will see state funding for Everglades restoration and other critical environmental projects.

Protect Property Rights – Realtors® will continue to champion legislation that creates a statewide, uniform system of regulations for vacation rentals.

Business Rent Tax – The 2019 Legislature passed the third consecutive rate cut to the tax on commercial leases, which now stands at 5.5%. Florida Realtors® will advocate for further reduction of the tax to provide businesses with some measure of relief as they work to stay open and eventually recover from the pandemic.”

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity February 26-March 5, 2021

Sanibel

CONDOS

5 new listings: Sanibel Moorings #842 2/2 $619K, Loggerhead Cay #351 2/2 $659K, Mariner Pointe #112 2/2 $699K (our listing), Heron at The Sanctuary I #1B 3/3.5 $872.7K, Pointe Santo #C43 3/2 $1.199M (our listing).

View from Mariner Pointe #112 (from 2007)

View from Pointe Santo #C43 roof-top deck

No price changes.

9 new sales: Sandalfoot #3B3 1/1 listed at $524K (our listing); Mariner Pointe #731 2/2 listed at $525K; Sanibel Arms West #I4 2/2 listed at $579K; Sand Pointe #216 2/2 listed at $799,997 (our buyer); Heron at The Sanctuary II #2A 3/2.5 listed at $849K; Sanddollar #C101 2/2 listed at $999K, Pelicans Roost #203 2/2 listed at $895K; Sanddollar #A101 2/2 listed at $1.15M; Seascape #106 3/3 listed at $2.55M.

11 closed sales: Sanibel Arms #2E 1/1 $370K, Spanish Cay #B2 2/2 $440K, Sanibel Moorings #441 2/2 $555K, Sanibel Arms West #H6 2/2 562K, Sandalfoot #3C3 2/2 $698K, Loggerhead Cay #192 2/2 $700K, Lighthouse Point #221 3/2 $712K, Sandpiper Beach #401 2/2 $750K, Sandpiper Beach #205 2/2 $780K, Sanddollar #B104 2/2 $955K, Somerset #E201 3/2.5 $1.85M.

HOMES

5 new listings: 1612 Serenity Ln 3/2 $674.5K, 5424 Shearwater Dr 3/2.5 $999K, 557 N. Yachtsman Dr 4/3 $1.199M, 1044 Whisperwood Way 4/4.5 $1.995M, 1077 Bird Ln 4/5/2 $5.95M.

4 price changes: 1657 Sabal Sands Dr 3/2 now $797.5K, 694 Heather Ln 3/3.5 now $1.4M, 940 Whelk Dr 3/2 now $1.495M, 5270 Indian Ct 6/6.5 now $2.495M.

15 new sales: 1940 Periwinkle Way 3/2 half-duplex listed at $569K; 1667 Sabal Sands Rd 3/3 listed at $749.9K; 1259 Par View Dr 3/4 listed at $1.175M; 4500 Waters Edge Ln 2/2 listed at $1.175M; 486 Surf Sound Ct 3/3.5 listed at $1.2M; 994 Whelk Dr 3/2 listed at $1.395M; 2355 Wulfert Rd 3/3.5 listed at $1.649M; 1323 Seaspray Ln 4/4.5 listed at $1.75M; 1283 Isabel Dr 3/2 listed at $1.895M; 1355 Eagle Run Dr 4/4.5 listed at $1.975M; 513 Lighthouse Way 3/3 listed at $1.99M; 528 Kinzie Island Ct 4/4 listed at $1.995M; 1266 Isabel Dr 3/3 listed at $2.895M; 550 Lighthouse Way 4/4.5 listed at $2,999,999; 4955 Joewood Dr 6/4.5 listed at $3.395M.

8 closed sales: 1415 Sandpiper Cir 2/2 half-duplex $448K, 1027 Sand Castle Rd 2/2 $475K, 223 Southwinds Dr 3/2 $699K, 1076 Sand Castle Rd 2/2 $750K, 3935 Coquina Dr 4/3 $810K, 1308 Eagle Run Dr 4/4 $1.475M, 4166 Dingman Dr 4/4 $2.1M, 2336 Starfish Ln 3/2.5 $2.1M.

LOTS

1 new listing: 0 Rue Bayou $729,555.

1 price change: 6000 White Heron Ln now $850K.

No new sales.

1 closed sale: 355 Cowry Ct $225K.

Captiva

CONDOS

1 new listing: Gulf Beach Villas #2024 3/3 $1.075M.

1 price change: Lands End Village #1629 2/2 now $1.3745M.

3 new sales: Tennis Villas #3118 1/1 listed at $350K, Bayside Villas #4322 3/3 listed at $729K, Captiva Cove #2A 3/2 listed at $1.295M.

3 closed sales: Tennis Villas #3136 1/1 $335K, Bayside Villas #4116 1/2 $372.5K, Marina Villas #808 2/2 $755.5K.

HOMES

No new listings or price changes.

3 new sales: 15000 Binder Dr 3/2 listed at $1.298M, 16447 Captiva Dr 7/6/2 listed at $2.79M, 11541 Paige Ct 3/4/2 listed at $4M.

2 closed sales: 11522 Andy Rosse Ln 4/4.5 $2.4M, 956 South Seas Plantation Rd 6/6 $4.475M.

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.

Below is our ad from today’s “Island Sun”.

Enjoy your weekend!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

Perfect Weather, While Island Real Estate is Hot

It is another happy Friday at SanibelSusan Realty. Island weather remains “winter fantastic” with this week and the forecast for the next 10 days expected to be much the same – nighttime lows in the 60’s, days in the high 70’s/low 80’s with plenty of sunshine and blue skies.

The Island Real Estate World

The real estate market remains hot and we are down to just two listings – both getting action. That activity plus the postings since last Friday in the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service follow a couple of news items below.

Though no Association of Realtors® Caravan Meeting this week, brisk sales continue. It certainly is unusual to report new sales of 15 condos, 14 homes, and five lots in just seven days.

Inventory is so low now that we are getting calls from colleagues asking about the likelihood of properties coming on the market, that are owned by clients who worked with us when they purchased. I wish we could say some of those were becoming available. It certainly is a great time to be a seller.

Here is the scoop with Sanibel inventory from the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service as of this afternoon (3:30 p.m. on Feb 26, 2021):

  • Homes: 53 for sale, 74 under contract, 57 sold/closed year-to-date.
  • Condos: 60 for sale, 63 under contract, 36 sold/closed year-to-date.
  • Lots: 27 for sale, 27 under contract, 15 sold/closed year-to-date.

Captiva also is hot:

  • Homes: 21 for sale, 15 under contract, 7 sold/closed year-to-date.
  • Condos: 13 for sale, 12 under contract, 10 sold/closed year-to-date.

 Sanibel – COVID-19

The City declared State of Emergency, issued in response to COVID-19, has been extended by Mayor Mick Denham until March 2, 2021, unless further extended. Per State Statute, the maximum duration for a Mayoral Declaration of Emergency is seven (7) days and thus must be updated weekly so long as the emergency conditions are present.

Additionally, the City of Sanibel face covering mandate is reaffirmed to be consistent with the Governor’s Order 20-244 and shall remain in force and effect through the duration of the 7-day state of local emergency. Social distancing encouraged and group gatherings are to be avoided.

From Florida Department of Health, Sanibel’s total accumulative number of COVID-19 cases since March 26 through February 24 is 228 cases. This is the number of cases for zip code residents. It does not include Captiva and the many workers and visitors that come and go. Though the number of island cases finally seems to be decreasing, PLEASE CONTINUE TO STAY VIGILANT.

Sanibel& Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity February 19-26, 2021

Sanibel

CONDOS

4 new listings: Sanibel Arms West #H4 2/2 $559K, Sand Pointe #216 2/2 $798,957, Pointe Santo #E3 2/2 $889K, Compass Point #151 3/3 $1.495M.

2 price changes: Sandalfoot #3B3 1/1 now $524K (our listing), Heron at The Sanctuary II #2A 3/2.5 now $849K.

View from Sandalfoot #3B3

13 new sales: Spanish Cay #F2 1/1 listed at $325K, Tennisplace #C26 2/1.5 listed at $355K, Sundial #H107 1/1 listed at $455K, Mariner Pointe #733 2/2 listed at $525K, Sandalfoot #3C1 2/2 listed at $639.9K, Loggerhead Cay #373 2/2 listed at $662.5K, Pointe Santo #B26 2/2 listed at $689K, Mariner Pointe #241 2/2.5 listed at $690K, Sunset South #10 2/2 listed at $710K, Pelicans Roost #106 2/2 listed at $929K, Pelicans Roost #102 2/2 listed at $930K, Beachcomber #D101 2/2 listed at $999.5K, Sandals #A 3/3.5 listed at $1.825M.

9 closed sales: Mariner Pointe #1019 2/2 $550K, Pointe Santo #B3 2/2 $650K, Loggerhead Cay #542 2/2 $675K, Sandpiper Beach #303 2/2 $800K, Cyprina Beach #7 2/2.5 $800K, Yacht Haven #4 3/2 $920K, Sundial #L205 3/2 $1.39M, Kings Crown #302 2/2 $1.4M, Sandpiper West #1 3/3 $2.05M.

HOMES

8 new listings: 1695 Serenity Ln 3/2 $699K, 1667 Sabal Sands Rd 3/3 $749.9K, 1983 My Tern Ct 3/2.5 $1.178M, 249 Violet Dr 4/2 $1.2M, 486 Surf Sound Ct 3/3.5 $1.2M, 1355 Eagle Run Dr 4/4.5 $1.975M, 848 Birdie View Pt 4/3.5 $2.195M, 544 Lighthouse Way 4/5.5 $4.495M.

5 price changes: 2441 Shop Rd 4/3.5 now $949K, 2355 Wulfert Rd 3/3.5 now $1.649M, 1323 Seaspray Ln 4/4.5 now $1.75M, 6418 Pine Ave 3/3 now $1.789M, 1761 Venus Dr 4/3.5 now $1.995M.

12 new sales: 976 Greenwood Ct 3/2.5 half-duplex listed at $515K, 5303 Umbrella Pool Rd 3/2.5 listed at $689.9K, 4397 Gulf Pines Dr 3/3 listed at $725K, 458 Casa Ybel Rd 3/2.5 listed at $749K, 445 Lake Murex 3/2 listed at $839K, 1045 Blue Heron Dr 2/2.5 listed at $889K, 1421 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 listed at $949K, 3960 W Gulf Dr 3/5 listed at $1.079M, 542 N. Yachtsman Dr 3/2 listed at $1.229M, 490 Sawgrass Pl 3/2.5 listed at $1.435M, 1480 Middle Gulf Dr 4/4/2 listed at $1.65M, 4664 Rue Belle Mer 5/5 listed at $1.896M.

12 closed sales: 315 E Gulf Dr 3/2 half-duplex $549K, 1653 Bunting Ln 3/2.5 $645K, 1012/1014 East Gulf Dr 4/2 duplex $699K, 9421 Moonlight Dr 3/2 $755K, 3751 Coquina Dr 3/2 $795K, 1752 Jewel Box 2/2 $815K, 2001/2003 Mitzi Ln 6/6 duplex $820K, 705 Oliva St 3/2 $875K, 1671 Hibiscus Dr 3/2 $889K, 9426 Sage Ct 3/3 $945K, 709 Pyrula Ave 3/3 $1.125M, 1238 Isabel Dr 4/4.5 $3.325M (our listing).

LOTS

No new listings.

2 price changes: 3013 Poinciana Cir now $259.9K, 2438 Wulfert Rd now $339K.

5 new sales: 1303 Par View Dr listed at $310K, 575 Sea Oats Dr listed at $385K, 717 Birdie View Pt listed at $399K, 539 Sea Oats Dr listed at $420K, 3324 Saint Kilda Rd listed at $449K.

7 closed sales: 2515 Wulfert Rd $220K, 6095 Dinkins Lake Rd $255.5K, 1340 Eagle Run Dr $295K, 602 Boulder Dr $405K, 217 Violet Dr $545K, 1159 Golden Olive Ct $1.5M, 1246 Seagrape Ln $2.575M.

Captiva

CONDOS

No new listings.

1 price change: Seabreeze #1251 3/3 now $2.15M.

2 new sales: Bayside Villas #4118 1/2 listed at $425K, Captiva Shores #7B 3/2.5 listed at $1.399M.

5 closed sales: Tennis Villas #3114 1/1 $325K, Bayside Villas #5244 1/2 $399K, Beach Villas #2112 1/1 $485K, Beach Villas #2314 2/2 $750K, Lands End Village #1615 2/2 $1.425M.

HOMES

No new listings.

1 price change: 15261 Captiva Dr 4/4.5 now $11.995M.

1 new sale: 11544 Wightman Ln 4/4.5 listed at $2.25M.

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.

Below is our ad from today’s “Island Sun”.  Enjoy your weekend, Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

Sun shining, breeze blowing, islanders smiling

Susan here, reporting that The SanibelSusan Team is beating the bushes looking for listings. With island sales brisk, it is a first for us to only have two available properties in February. Our other listings are all under contract as we work through the sale milestones associated with those purchase contracts.

If you know anyone looking to sell, please tell them that the market is in their favor and the SanibelSusan Team would be happy to help them.

Below is an update of the island sales stats. The number of sales in 2020 was higher than in decades, but the year-to-date sales are even more remarkable. Remember, The Sanibel Susan Team updates our island-wide inventory lists every weekend. If you would like a new one, they easily are e-mailed or snail mailed, just let us know.

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Properties

For Sale 2/19/2021 Under Contract 2/19/2021 Sold/Closed 2021 to 2/19 Sold/Closed 2020 Sold/Closed 2019
SANIBEL
Condos 67 57 27 192 127
Homes 53 73 46 288 211
Lots 31 30 8 23 15
CAPTIVA
Condos 14 14 5 47 29
Homes 22 15 7 27 17
Lots 3 0 0 4 1

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

At SanibelSusan Realty

My favorite tree at home, which was leafless after the storm in Oct, is popping with color today (2-19-2021)!

I was out showing property again over the weekend. One showing was at a home new to the market which already had an offer and four showings lined up. Another property the prospects wanted to view was seller occupied and they would not allow a showing until after the holiday weekend. That can be tough when a buyer is flying home before they will let them in. Too bad, they would have been a good candidate for that property.

There are challenges even in a hot market. Buyers needing financing find their island competition tough, since so many buyers write “cash” offers. Some buyers will not buy sight-unseen, though they often compete with offers where buyers do not need to personally view a property. Couple that with offices often closed on weekends, it pays to have built strong relationships with colleagues. Thankfully, we work hard to keep our relationships positive.

Before showing property, it always makes sense to thoroughly discuss with the prospect how the sale process works here. It is not only the Florida sales contracts that are different. But on-island, deposits are much higher than on the mainland. The basic contract most often used also is not the norm. Add to that the extra time needed in a “hot market” to accomplish inspections, appraisals, and surveys. These also are opportunities where it pays to have strong vendor relationships. The “golden rule” goes a long way in this real estate business.

At The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® Monthly Membership Meeting

Yesterday was the local Realtor® Association February membership meeting. Meeting via Zoom sure ain’t like in person, but the monthly meeting is when we have a speaker, so always interesting.

SCCF – This month’s speaker was Ryan Orgera, CEO of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) with an update on what is happening there. One phrase he used that I thought was particularly apropos to Sanibel’s mission statement, The Sanibel Plan, and SCCF’s mission is “balance over unfettered development”.

A couple of changes at SCCF is their new logo which was recently launched, illustrating their evolution and based on the three elements inspired by their work to protect land, water, and wildlife. The logo features sawgrass which is an iconic wetland plant, water (representing water quality, marine life, and sea-level rise), and a royal tern representing shorebirds and the monitoring and research SCCF performs with various species of wildlife.

Another SCCF change is their new magazine called “Connecting You to Nature” which will be published three times a year. The first issue is arriving now in mailboxes. It reflects on SCCF’s progress since 1967, including projects completed, underway, and in planning.

One project just announced is SCCF’s Periwinkle Wetlands Campaign which a 12+acre parcel at the corner of Periwinkle Way and Purdy Drive. It includes 525’ along the Periwinkle Way shared-use path between Purdy and Martha’s Lane. It extends inland 1,800’ back into the wetlands toward the Sanibel Slough. With a campaign goal to raise $2.4M before October 31, 2021, the acquisition of these lands for conservation protects them from development. Pending City approval, the nearly two acres along the roadway are earmarked as community green space with native landscaping, a shell trail, and educational area sharing everyone’s role in protecting and nurturing SW Florida’s coastal ecosystems.

Some other SCCF projects that Ryan mentioned included their help in the relocation of 300 Florida box turtles discovered from a nearby poaching ring. It was a surprise to hear that 40% of China families have a pet turtle because of the animal’s religious significance in Buddhism. He asked that everyone report to the police any suspicious activity with any wildlife – not just turtles. He also mentioned that poachers often are involved in other serious crimes, like human and drug smuggling. Who knew?

At the SCCF Marine Lab and Research Lab, Ryan mentioned their work through an EPA grant. While oyster restoration of 25 acres in the sound is another project underway. These oyster bed areas were disturbed/destroyed when the causeway islands were created.

Following up on the Sanibel Sea School, it became wholly part of SCCF in January 2020. One of their new endeavors is a scholarship program called “Girls in Science” (with Florida Gulf Coast University) whereby girls interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education may take advantage of SCCF’s program which brings them to the island. He mentioned girls living within five miles of Sanibel that have never been here to experience the water, wildlife, environment.

Concerning Florida’s legislative session which begins March 2 (same day as our City Council election), Ryan encouraged everyone to pay particular attention to the Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir and Stormwater Treatment Area. He said the full weight of the community may be needed to push this project forward with full funding. Watch SCCF’s alerts for action and please support them.

He also encouraged members to attend Coastal Watch Focus 2021 which is an annual Everglades update. To tune in, go to SCCF’s website (SCCF.org) on Wednesday, February 24, from 6-8 p.m.

RPAC Awards – The Association of Realtors® RPAC Committee again thanked members for their continued contributions to RPAC. In 2020, The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association won four state awards and two national awards, including the Triple Crown. Local RPAC contributions placed our association within the top 15 in the nation.

Easter Donations for F.I.S.H. – The Association’s Communication & Public Relations Committee is spearheading efforts to provide donations to F.I.S.H. for Easter. Between now and March 19, members and the public are asked to drop of contributions at the Association Office. Items needed for children’s Easter baskets and holiday dinners include the baskets themselves and basket filler, plus children’s books, toys, candy, plastic eggs, etc. and such canned/packaged food items as corn, peas, mashed potatoes, pasta, etc.

Recent Commercial Sales

Jensen’s Twin-Palm Cottages & Marina – Posted this week in the local MLS was the sale of Jensen’s on Captiva. Including both business and real estate, the sale included over an acre on the bayside of Captiva with 14 historic rental cottages, 35 marina slips, fuel dock, boat fleet, ship store, and offices. On the market off-&-on since late 2017, the sale price of $11M was significantly less than the original ask ($19,850,000). Purchaser was Roberts Development Corp.

The Green Flash – Another recent sale was this Captiva restaurant. The new owners are Captiva Hospitality Restaurant Group (owned by Tim and Julie McGowan). The sale included both the real estate and restaurant. The McGowan’s have already expanded the outdoor patio seating and initiated dinner service to the dockside tables at The Green Flash, which has 15 dock slips so diners may arrive by boat.

Sanibel – COVID-19

The City declared State of Emergency, issued in response to COVID-19, has been extended by Mayor Mick Denham until February 23, 2021, unless further extended. Per State Statute, the maximum duration for a Mayoral Declaration of Emergency is seven (7) days and thus must be updated weekly as long as the emergency conditions are present.

Additionally, the City of Sanibel face covering mandate is reaffirmed to be consistent with the Governor’s Order 20-244 and shall remain in force and effect through the duration of the 7-day state of local emergency. Social distancing encouraged and group gatherings are to be avoided.

From Florida Department of Health, Sanibel’s total accumulative number of COVID-19 cases since March 26 through February 17 is 226 cases. This is the number of cases for zip code residents. It does not include Captiva and the many workers and visitors that come and go.

Timing for number of cases reported included 134 cases last year (with 50 being in December). January was the highest month with 69 cases. The first 17 days in February, 23 cases were reported. PLEASE CONTINUE TO STAY VIGILANT.

Annual Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner Canceled

Understandable with COVID concerns, but still disappointing, to hear that this Kiwanis event is canceled this year. Realtor® pal Mary Lou Bailey and I have attended the spaghetti dinner for many years, though not quite for the three-plus decades that this February dinner has been enjoyed by thousands of residents and visitors. It is an island tradition and the longest-running community event.

As one of the club’s major fundraisers, the annual Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner supports scholarships for local youths and grants to island non-profits for youth recreation and educational activities. We still can support the scholarships and activities by participating in their Silent Auction and Raffle which will be in a virtual format online with details coming soon.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity February 12-19, 2021

Sanibel

CONDOS

4 new listings: Sundial #D408 1/1 $529.9K, Sanibel Surfside #234 2/2 $819K, Sanibel Arms West #D6 2/2 $955K, Tarpon Beach #109 2/2 $1.1M.

2 price changes: Loggerhead Cay #261 2/2 now $714.5K, Sanibel Inn #3512 2/2 now $724.5K.

11 new sales: Captains Walk #B3 1/1 listed at $299.9K, Captains Walk #B5 2/1 listed at $392K, Sanibel Arms West #C5 2/2 listed at $450K, Sundial #F307 1/1 listed at $479K, Sandalfoot #2C2 2/2 listed at $657K, Lighthouse Point #221 3/2 listed at $719K, Sand Pointe #113 2/2 listed at $789K, Sanibel Arms West #F1 2/2 listed at $949K, Surfside 12 #B1 3/2 listed at $999.5K, Gulfside Place #301 3/3 listed at $1.95M, Sandpiper West #1 3/3 listed at $2.15M.

6 closed sales: Sanibel Arms #C7 1/1 $343K, Sundial #G406 1/1 $490K, Sandy Bend #6 2/2 $979K, Atrium #103 2/2 $1.095M, Sundial #P402 2/2 $1.15M, Somerset #D302 3/2.5 $1.63M.

HOMES

4 new listings: 1940 Periwinkle Way 3/2 half-duplex $569K, 649 Sea Oats Dr 3/2 $759K, 1683 Bunting Ln 3/3 $895K, 1421 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 $949K.

4 price changes: 490 Sawgrass Pl 3/2.5 now $1.435M, 1283 Isabel Dr 3/2 now $1.895M, 513 Lighthouse Way 3/3 now $1.99M, 1306 Seaspray Ln 4/4 now $4.395M.

13 new sales: 3085 Poinciana Cir 2/2 listed at $599K, 9211 Dimmick Dr 3/2 listed at $699K, 1753 Bunting Ln 3/2 listed at $725K, 888 Rabbit Rd 3/2 listed at $749.9K, 649 Sea Oats Dr 3/2 listed at $759K, 1683 Bunting Ln 3/3 listed at $895K, 1050 White Ibis Dr 4/3.5 listed at $935K, 567 N. Yachtsman Dr 3/3 listed at $1.049M, 685 Sea Oats Dr 3/2/2 listed at $1.089M, 2843 Wulfert Rd 4/5 listed at $1.295M, 5076 Joewood Dr 3/2 listed at $1.329M, 5439 Osprey Ct 4/3 listed at $1.644M, 1206 Bay Dr 4/5.5 listed at $3.399M.

8 closed sales: 1684 Bunting Ln 2/2 $487K, 1029 Dixie Beach Blvd 2/2 $570K, 1850 Farm Trl 3/2 $649K, 9277 Dimmick Dr 3/2 $675K, 4661 Rue Bayou 2/2 $700K, 1039 Sand Castle Rd 3/3 $980K, 1345 Eagle Run Dr 3/2.5 $1.049M, 418 Bella Vista Way 4/4 $1.7M.

LOTS

No new listings.

1 price change: 255 Hurricane Ln now $368K.

6 new sales: 1820 Ardsley Way listed at $179.9K; 355 Cowry Ct listed at $295K, 3308 Saint Kilda Rd listed at $469,555; 217 Violet Dr listed at $549K; 5749 Sanibel-Captiva Rd listed at $629K; 1028 Bayview Dr listed at $2.195M.

1 closed sale: 1313 Par View Dr $310K.

Captiva

CONDOS

1 new listing: Tennis Villas #3118 1/1 $350K.

2 price changes: Beach Homes #25 3/2 now $2.095M, Lands End Village #1634 3/3 now $2.32M.

1 new sale: Captiva Cove #2A 3/2 listed at $1.295M.

No closed sales.

HOMES

No new listings or price changes.

4 new sales: 11541 Laika Ln 4/4 listed at $2.15M, 15146 Wiles Dr 2/2 listed at $2.389M, 11522 Andy Rosse Ln 4/4.5 listed at $2.495M, 16447 Captiva Dr 7/6/2 listed at $2.79M.

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.

Below is our ad from today’s “Island Sun”.

Until next Friday, Susan Andrews aka SanibelSusan

Valentine’s & President’s Day Weekend on Sanibel

SanibelSusan here reporting that island weather this week again has been terrific with daytime temperatures in the 70’s, sometimes 80’s, with plenty of blue skies and sunshine. As the week progressed, teammates doing the on-/off-island commute saw a noticeable increase in traffic as incoming Valentine’s Day vacationers, week-enders, and Presidents’ Day holiday visitors began arriving. Traffic probably will be up next week too.

At SanibelSusan Realty

The local association of Realtors® had no meeting this week, but there still was plenty of island sales action reported again, even as the market responds to lack of inventory.

Tuesday, I showed a new-to-market $2M gulf-front residential condo. It already had received four offers in just a few hours. It is difficult to convince a prospect that they are not overpaying when they are in “no hurry” to purchase. When we hear that and they say, “we can wait for the next one to come along”, that could be a long time in today’s environment. That seller purchased in 1980. It is doubtful that anyone wants to wait 40 years to make their island dream come true, but one thing that is for sure in this real estate business – surprises happen every day with both buyers and sellers.

Within the same 24-hour period, I got texts from two agents working with buyers who had viewed one of our listings that recently went under contract. The texts said their clients were sorry that they had not made an offer(s). They wanted to know if the sale is “solid”. Then I got a call from an off-island broker asking about the same property. Where were these buyers during the last year+ that this property was listed for sale?

Of course, until a sale goes “pending” (meaning with no contract contingencies), we welcome back-up contracts. I have never had a buyer in 2nd position turn into the successful purchaser, but there is always a first time. We keep advertising our listings every week until every contingency in a contract is met. Once that occurs, the MLS listing status changes from “contingent” to “pending”.

Inventory continues to dwindle, as The SanibelSusan Team and our colleagues search for properties that match prospects requirements. It was a shock yesterday to tell a buyer, that there now are only nine Sanibel homes for sale priced under $1M. (Only 54 available in total, 69 under contract, 37 sold/closed year-to-date, compared to 288 sold last year.)

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

Bike, Walk, or Drive FREE on President’s Day

In honor of President’s Day, Monday, February 15, Wildlife Drive at the J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge will be fee-free all day from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians. For this national holiday, the Visitors and Education Center will be closed, but all other facilities including the America’s Best Restroom, Tarpon Bay Explorers rentals and tours, Bailey Tract, and all trails will remain open.

Average Long-Term Mortgage Rates Unchanged for 3rd Week

Most island sales continue to be “cash”, but mortgage rates remain great for those looking for financing. The 30-year fixed-rate for a home averaged 2.73% this week, as it has for the last two weeks. These near-record lows compare to the 3.47% rate last year. The pandemic resulted in suppressed mortgage rates through most of 2020. As the economy recovers, economists forecast only modest increases in loan rates this year. It continues to be a great time to buy for those seeking a mortgage.

3 Major Home Insurance Mistakes to Avoid

Following up on the insurance theme where last week flood insurance was discussed, below is the article posted online February 8, 2021 at FloridaRealtors®. It was written by Kathryn Pomroy, 2021 Local TV LLC.

“Homeowners trying to cut costs often focus on property insurance and cutting back will save money. But if something happens, they’ll regret it.

“NEW YORK – Due to COVID-19, unemployment has become one of the most critical economic issues facing the country. As a homeowner, you may be trying to find ways to save money. Revisiting your home insurance policy to make sure you’re getting the best deal and that your home is properly covered makes good sense.

“Avoid these 3 home insurance mistakes Your home is your largest financial investment. Yet it is vulnerable if left unprotected from theft and vandalism, fire, a natural disaster, injuries suffered while on the property, or some other mishap. Many people think things like this will never happen – until it does. That’s why it’s important to explore your home insurance options and avoid these three main home insurance mistakes.

  • Not having enough insurance coverage
  • Not having the appropriate coverage in advance
  • Not having natural disaster insurance.

Not having enough insurance coverage. Underinsuring your home can be a costly mistake. Many homeowners only have enough coverage to cover their mortgage. But if your mortgage or the equity in your home is only worth 75% of your home’s value, you may only receive that amount if it’s destroyed. That may not cover rebuilding.

“Likewise, you may have a policy that only covers the current value of your home. But your home’s current value may not cover the actual cost to rebuild at today’s prices. That’s why it’s important to know what it will cost to rebuild and get coverage close to that amount. This is also true concerning your personal belongings.

“Comparing multiple insurance quotes can potentially save you hundreds of dollars per year. Generally, there are two types of coverage-replacement cost and actual cash value.

  • Replacement cost value. Unlike actual cash value insurance, when a tragedy happens, replacement cost insurance will replace your belongings at their current value. For instance, if a fire damages your computer, and the cost to replace it today is $1,200, you are paid $1,200, even though you may have paid $1,000 two years ago.
  • Actual cash value. Actual cash value insurance will reimburse you for the cash value of your personal belongings. However, your belongings are not worth as much as they were when you bought them because of depreciation, so you are paid the actual cash value at the time the tragedy occurs, not what you paid for them.

Not having the appropriate coverage in advance. “Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon to discover that your homeowner’s insurance policy doesn’t cover natural disasters, or only part of the damage is covered. Worse yet, the type of damage you suffer is excluded from your policy.

“Most standard policies have hazard coverage, which covers the physical loss and damage to your property and possessions, and liability courage, which covers injuries to people while on your property, like slipping on your front steps. According to the Insurance Information Institute, standard coverage may also include damage from:

  • Explosions
  • Riots and civil unrest, vandalism, and malicious mischief
  • Theft and vandalism
  • Volcanos
  • Windstorms and hail
  • Damage from an aircraft or vehicle
  • Fire and smoke damage
  • Falling objects
  • Lightning strikes
  • In-home water damage (from within the home only)
  • Snow, ice storms and sleet.

“You may also want to cover personal possessions like expensive jewelry, musical instruments, cameras, or electronics that may be stolen or damaged. Or coverage for living outside your home while it’s being rebuilt. If someone slips on your front steps, you’ll want to have enough coverage to pay their medical bills.

“Having enough insurance is vital. Having the appropriate insurance coverage is just as important. To ensure your insurance is suitable for your circumstances, visit Credible to check out plans, providers, and costs.

Not having natural disaster insurance. Depending on where you live, you may need flood, earthquake, or region-specific insurance to ensure you have adequate home insurance in the case of a natural disaster. These coverages are not generally standard with most homeowners insurance policies.

“Flood insurance is a federal program that accepts everyone who needs coverage, so it’s not hard to get. If you live in earthquake-prone areas, your insurance carrier may also require earthquake coverage to qualify for a mortgage.

“Extra flood and earthquake insurance can cost from about $70 to $250 per month on top of your homeowner’s policy, depending on the value of your home and location, according to FEMA.

“If you’re searching for a new policy, renewing your current policy, or investigating your options as a new homeowner, you may also want to consider if you want coverage not typically standard on most homeowners’ policies. Add-ons to your policy may cover things like termites or other pests, mold, sewer backups, or damage due to lack of maintenance on the residence….”

Sanibel – COVID-19

The City declared State of Emergency, issued in response to COVID-19, has been extended by Mayor Mick Denham until February 16, 2021, unless further extended. Per State Statute, the maximum duration for a Mayoral Declaration of Emergency is seven (7) days and thus must be updated weekly as long as the emergency conditions are present.

Additionally, the City of Sanibel face covering mandate is reaffirmed to be consistent with the Governor’s Order 20-244 and shall remain in force and effect through the duration of the 7-day state of local emergency. Social distancing encouraged and group gatherings are to be avoided.

From Florida Department of Health, Sanibel’s total accumulative number of COVID-19 cases since March 26 through February 10 is 223 cases. This is the number of cases for zip code residents. It does not include Captiva and the many workers and visitors that come and go.

Timing for number of cases reported included 134 cases last year (with 50 being in December). January was the highest month with 69 cases. The first ten days in February, 20 cases were reported. PLEASE CONTINUE TO STAY VIGILANT.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity February 5-12, 2021

Sanibel

CONDOS

4 new listings: Captains Walk #B5 2/1 $392K, Pointe Santo #E2 2/2 $964K, Pointe Santo #E26 2/2 $1.299M, Gulfside Place #301 3/3 $1.95M.

2 price changes: Sanibel Arms #C5 2/2 now $450K, Pointe Santo #C23 3/2 now $995K.

13 new sales: Spanish Cay #B2 2/2 listed at $469.5K; Sundial #J102 1/1 listed at $499K; Loggerhead Cay #223 2/2 listed at $594.5K; Loggerhead Cay #274 2/2 listed at $669K; Sandalfoot #3C3 2/2 listed at $698K; Sand Pointe #217 2/2 listed at $795,555; Sandpiper Beach #105 2/2 listed at $825K; Yacht Haven #4 3/2 listed at $895K; Pointe Santo #A31 2/2 listed at $949K; Pointe Santo #C25 3/2 listed at $1.125M, White Pelican #111 2/2 listed at $1.2999M, Pine Cove #202 3/2 listed at $1.395M, Royale Tern #204 3/3.5 listed at $2.495M.

5 closed sales: Sundial #F205 1/1 $400K, Sandalfoot #4B2 1/1 $475K, Heron at The Sanctuary #2B 3/3.5 $749.9K, Pointe Santo #E23 2/2 $830K, Sanctuary Golf Villages I #4-1 3/3 $899K.

HOMES

3 new listings: 694 Heather Ln 3/3.5 $1.475M, 2355 Wulfert Rd 3/3.5 $1.798M, 4664 Rue Belle Mer 5/5 $1.896M.

3 price changes: 1035 S. Yachtsman Dr 5/4.5 now $999K, 1890 Middle Gulf Dr 3/3 now $1.15M, 5439 Osprey Ct 4/3 now $1.644M.

15 new sales: 1415 Sandpiper Cir 2/2 half-duplex listed at $459K, 984 Sand Castle Rd 3/3 half-duplex listed at $499K, 2010 Wild Lime Dr 4/4 listed at $759K, 1052 Fish Crow Rd 3/2 listed at $799K, 3570 Bunny Ln 3/3 listed at $869K, 6041 Sanibel-Captiva Rd 2/1 listed at $949K, 1312 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 listed at $979K, 1158 Harbour Cottage Ct 3/2.5 half-duplex listed at $1.095M, 1259 Par View Dr 3/4 listed at $1.175M, 1147 Buttonwood Ln 3/2 listed at $1.335M, 751 Windlass Way 5/5 listed at $1.595M, 2391 Shop Rd 3/2.5 listed at $1.695M, 488 Lighthouse Way 4/4 listed at $3.695M, 4961 Joewood Dr 4/4 listed at $5.2M, 4323 West Gulf Dr 6/6 listed at $7.995M.

8 closed sales: 1030 Kings Crown Dr 2/2 $820K; 4180 West Gulf Dr 2/2 $845K; 761 Nerita St 3/2 $853,870; 5757 Pine Tree Dr 3/2.5 $915K; 1155 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 $922K; 201 Violet Dr 3/2 $1M; 829 Pyrula Ave 3/3 $1.175M; 2564 Wulfert Rd 4/5.5 $1.785M.

LOTS

3 new listings: 2310 Wulfert Rd 299K, 217 Violet Dr $549K, 3304 Saint Kilda Rd $599K.

1 price change: 3308 Saint Kilda Rd now $469,555.

5 new sales: 1340 Eagle Run Dr listed at $315K, 2933 Wulfert Rd listed at $349K, 5821 Pine Tree Dr listed at $439K, 1872 Middle Gulf Dr listed at $495K, 1874 Middle Gulf Dr listed at $979K.

1 closed sale: 836 Limpet Dr $1.26M.

Captiva

CONDOS

1 new listing: Marina Villas #708 2/2 $765K.

No price changes.

3 new sales: Tennis Villas #3212 1/1 $320K; Bayside Villas #5118 1/2 listed at $399,999; Beach Homes #18 4/3 listed at $3.375M.

1 closed sale: Marina Villas #703 2/2 $750K.

HOMES

No new listings.

1 price change: 11559 Laika Ln 3/3 now $7.5M.

2 new sales: 11504 Wightman Ln 4/3.5 listed at $1.495M, 11505 Gore Ln 5/5 listed at $1.695M.

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.

Below is our ad from today’s “Island Sun”.

Happy Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, & weekend,

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, & Flip Flops on Sanibel

SanibelSusan here reporting that island weather this week again has been terrific with daytime temperatures in the 70’s, sometimes 80’s, with plenty of blue skies and sunshine. As the week progressed, teammates doing the on-/off-island commute saw a noticeable increase in traffic as incoming Valentine’s Day vacationers, week-enders, and Presidents’ Day holiday visitors began arriving. Traffic probably will be up next week too.

At SanibelSusan Realty

The local association of Realtors® had no meeting this week, but there still was plenty of island sales action reported again, even as the market responds to lack of inventory.

Tuesday, I showed a new-to-market $2M gulf-front residential condo. It already had received four offers in just a few hours. It is difficult to convince a prospect that they are not overpaying when they are in “no hurry” to purchase. When we hear that and they say, “we can wait for the next one to come along”, that could be a long time in today’s environment. That seller purchased in 1980. It is doubtful that anyone wants to wait 40 years to make their island dream come true, but one thing that is for sure in this real estate business – surprises happen every day with both buyers and sellers.

Within the same 24-hour period, I got texts from two agents working with buyers who had viewed one of our listings that recently went under contract. The texts said their clients were sorry that they had not made an offer(s). They wanted to know if the sale is “solid”. Then I got a call from an off-island broker asking about the same property. Where were these buyers during the last year+ that this property was listed for sale?

Of course, until a sale goes “pending” (meaning with no contract contingencies), we welcome back-up contracts. I have never had a buyer in 2nd position turn into the successful purchaser, but there is always a first time. We keep advertising our listings every week until every contingency in a contract is met. Once that occurs, the MLS listing status changes from “contingent” to “pending”.

Inventory continues to dwindle, as The SanibelSusan Team and our colleagues search for properties that match prospects requirements. It was a shock yesterday to tell a buyer, that there now are only nine Sanibel homes for sale priced under $1M. (Only 54 available in total, 69 under contract, 37 sold/closed year-to-date, compared to 288 sold last year.)

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

Bike, Walk, or Drive FREE on President’s Day

In honor of President’s Day, Monday, February 15, Wildlife Drive at the J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge will be fee-free all day from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians. For this national holiday, the Visitors and Education Center will be closed, but all other facilities including the America’s Best Restroom, Tarpon Bay Explorers rentals and tours, Bailey Tract, and all trails will remain open.

Average Long-Term Mortgage Rates Unchanged for 3rd Week

Most island sales continue to be “cash”, but mortgage rates remain great for those looking for financing. The 30-year fixed-rate for a home averaged 2.73% this week, as it has for the last two weeks. These near-record lows compare to the 3.47% rate last year. The pandemic resulted in suppressed mortgage rates through most of 2020. As the economy recovers, economists forecast only modest increases in loan rates this year. It continues to be a great time to buy for those seeking a mortgage.

3 Major Home Insurance Mistakes to Avoid

Following up on the insurance theme where last week flood insurance was discussed, below is the article posted online February 8, 2021 at FloridaRealtors®. It was written by Kathryn Pomroy, 2021 Local TV LLC.

“Homeowners trying to cut costs often focus on property insurance and cutting back will save money. But if something happens, they’ll regret it.

“NEW YORK – Due to COVID-19, unemployment has become one of the most critical economic issues facing the country. As a homeowner, you may be trying to find ways to save money. Revisiting your home insurance policy to make sure you’re getting the best deal and that your home is properly covered makes good sense.

“Avoid these 3 home insurance mistakes Your home is your largest financial investment. Yet it is vulnerable if left unprotected from theft and vandalism, fire, a natural disaster, injuries suffered while on the property, or some other mishap. Many people think things like this will never happen – until it does. That’s why it’s important to explore your home insurance options and avoid these three main home insurance mistakes.

  • Not having enough insurance coverage
  • Not having the appropriate coverage in advance
  • Not having natural disaster insurance.

Not having enough insurance coverage. Underinsuring your home can be a costly mistake. Many homeowners only have enough coverage to cover their mortgage. But if your mortgage or the equity in your home is only worth 75% of your home’s value, you may only receive that amount if it’s destroyed. That may not cover rebuilding.

“Likewise, you may have a policy that only covers the current value of your home. But your home’s current value may not cover the actual cost to rebuild at today’s prices. That’s why it’s important to know what it will cost to rebuild and get coverage close to that amount. This is also true concerning your personal belongings.

“Comparing multiple insurance quotes can potentially save you hundreds of dollars per year. Generally, there are two types of coverage-replacement cost and actual cash value.

  • Replacement cost value. Unlike actual cash value insurance, when a tragedy happens, replacement cost insurance will replace your belongings at their current value. For instance, if a fire damages your computer, and the cost to replace it today is $1,200, you are paid $1,200, even though you may have paid $1,000 two years ago.
  • Actual cash value. Actual cash value insurance will reimburse you for the cash value of your personal belongings. However, your belongings are not worth as much as they were when you bought them because of depreciation, so you are paid the actual cash value at the time the tragedy occurs, not what you paid for them.

Not having the appropriate coverage in advance. “Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon to discover that your homeowner’s insurance policy doesn’t cover natural disasters, or only part of the damage is covered. Worse yet, the type of damage you suffer is excluded from your policy.

“Most standard policies have hazard coverage, which covers the physical loss and damage to your property and possessions, and liability courage, which covers injuries to people while on your property, like slipping on your front steps. According to the Insurance Information Institute, standard coverage may also include damage from:

  • Explosions
  • Riots and civil unrest, vandalism, and malicious mischief
  • Theft and vandalism
  • Volcanos
  • Windstorms and hail
  • Damage from an aircraft or vehicle
  • Fire and smoke damage
  • Falling objects
  • Lightning strikes
  • In-home water damage (from within the home only)
  • Snow, ice storms and sleet.

“You may also want to cover personal possessions like expensive jewelry, musical instruments, cameras, or electronics that may be stolen or damaged. Or coverage for living outside your home while it’s being rebuilt. If someone slips on your front steps, you’ll want to have enough coverage to pay their medical bills.

“Having enough insurance is vital. Having the appropriate insurance coverage is just as important. To ensure your insurance is suitable for your circumstances, visit Credible to check out plans, providers, and costs.

Not having natural disaster insurance. Depending on where you live, you may need flood, earthquake, or region-specific insurance to ensure you have adequate home insurance in the case of a natural disaster. These coverages are not generally standard with most homeowners insurance policies.

“Flood insurance is a federal program that accepts everyone who needs coverage, so it’s not hard to get. If you live in earthquake-prone areas, your insurance carrier may also require earthquake coverage to qualify for a mortgage.

“Extra flood and earthquake insurance can cost from about $70 to $250 per month on top of your homeowner’s policy, depending on the value of your home and location, according to FEMA.

“If you’re searching for a new policy, renewing your current policy, or investigating your options as a new homeowner, you may also want to consider if you want coverage not typically standard on most homeowners’ policies. Add-ons to your policy may cover things like termites or other pests, mold, sewer backups, or damage due to lack of maintenance on the residence….”

Sanibel – COVID-19

The City declared State of Emergency, issued in response to COVID-19, has been extended by Mayor Mick Denham until February 16, 2021, unless further extended. Per State Statute, the maximum duration for a Mayoral Declaration of Emergency is seven (7) days and thus must be updated weekly as long as the emergency conditions are present.

Additionally, the City of Sanibel face covering mandate is reaffirmed to be consistent with the Governor’s Order 20-244 and shall remain in force and effect through the duration of the 7-day state of local emergency. Social distancing encouraged and group gatherings are to be avoided.

From Florida Department of Health, Sanibel’s total accumulative number of COVID-19 cases since March 26 through February 10 is 223 cases. This is the number of cases for zip code residents. It does not include Captiva and the many workers and visitors that come and go.

Timing for number of cases reported included 134 cases last year (with 50 being in December). January was the highest month with 69 cases. The first ten days in February, 20 cases were reported. PLEASE CONTINUE TO STAY VIGILANT.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity February 5-12, 2021

Sanibel

CONDOS

4 new listings: Captains Walk #B5 2/1 $392K, Pointe Santo #E2 2/2 $964K, Pointe Santo #E26 2/2 $1.299M, Gulfside Place #301 3/3 $1.95M.

2 price changes: Sanibel Arms #C5 2/2 now $450K, Pointe Santo #C23 3/2 now $995K.

13 new sales: Spanish Cay #B2 2/2 listed at $469.5K; Sundial #J102 1/1 listed at $499K; Loggerhead Cay #223 2/2 listed at $594.5K; Loggerhead Cay #274 2/2 listed at $669K; Sandalfoot #3C3 2/2 listed at $698K; Sand Pointe #217 2/2 listed at $795,555; Sandpiper Beach #105 2/2 listed at $825K; Yacht Haven #4 3/2 listed at $895K; Pointe Santo #A31 2/2 listed at $949K; Pointe Santo #C25 3/2 listed at $1.125M, White Pelican #111 2/2 listed at $1.2999M, Pine Cove #202 3/2 listed at $1.395M, Royale Tern #204 3/3.5 listed at $2.495M.

5 closed sales: Sundial #F205 1/1 $400K, Sandalfoot #4B2 1/1 $475K, Heron at The Sanctuary #2B 3/3.5 $749.9K, Pointe Santo #E23 2/2 $830K, Sanctuary Golf Villages I #4-1 3/3 $899K.

HOMES

3 new listings: 694 Heather Ln 3/3.5 $1.475M, 2355 Wulfert Rd 3/3.5 $1.798M, 4664 Rue Belle Mer 5/5 $1.896M.

3 price changes: 1035 S. Yachtsman Dr 5/4.5 now $999K, 1890 Middle Gulf Dr 3/3 now $1.15M, 5439 Osprey Ct 4/3 now $1.644M.

15 new sales: 1415 Sandpiper Cir 2/2 half-duplex listed at $459K, 984 Sand Castle Rd 3/3 half-duplex listed at $499K, 2010 Wild Lime Dr 4/4 listed at $759K, 1052 Fish Crow Rd 3/2 listed at $799K, 3570 Bunny Ln 3/3 listed at $869K, 6041 Sanibel-Captiva Rd 2/1 listed at $949K, 1312 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 listed at $979K, 1158 Harbour Cottage Ct 3/2.5 half-duplex listed at $1.095M, 1259 Par View Dr 3/4 listed at $1.175M, 1147 Buttonwood Ln 3/2 listed at $1.335M, 751 Windlass Way 5/5 listed at $1.595M, 2391 Shop Rd 3/2.5 listed at $1.695M, 488 Lighthouse Way 4/4 listed at $3.695M, 4961 Joewood Dr 4/4 listed at $5.2M, 4323 West Gulf Dr 6/6 listed at $7.995M.

8 closed sales: 1030 Kings Crown Dr 2/2 $820K; 4180 West Gulf Dr 2/2 $845K; 761 Nerita St 3/2 $853,870; 5757 Pine Tree Dr 3/2.5 $915K; 1155 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 $922K; 201 Violet Dr 3/2 $1M; 829 Pyrula Ave 3/3 $1.175M; 2564 Wulfert Rd 4/5.5 $1.785M.

LOTS

3 new listings: 2310 Wulfert Rd 299K, 217 Violet Dr $549K, 3304 Saint Kilda Rd $599K.

1 price change: 3308 Saint Kilda Rd now $469,555.

5 new sales: 1340 Eagle Run Dr listed at $315K, 2933 Wulfert Rd listed at $349K, 5821 Pine Tree Dr listed at $439K, 1872 Middle Gulf Dr listed at $495K, 1874 Middle Gulf Dr listed at $979K.

1 closed sale: 836 Limpet Dr $1.26M.

Captiva

CONDOS

1 new listing: Marina Villas #708 2/2 $765K.

No price changes.

3 new sales: Tennis Villas #3212 1/1 $320K; Bayside Villas #5118 1/2 listed at $399,999; Beach Homes #18 4/3 listed at $3.375M.

1 closed sale: Marina Villas #703 2/2 $750K.

HOMES

No new listings.

1 price change: 11559 Laika Ln 3/3 now $7.5M.

2 new sales: 11504 Wightman Ln 4/3.5 listed at $1.495M, 11505 Gore Ln 5/5 listed at $1.695M.

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.

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