In Evacuation Mode for Hurricane Irma


It’s SanibelSusan with an abbreviated real estate blog today. The barrier islands have been under a voluntary evacuation order since last night, mandatory since 9 a.m. today. SanibelSusan Realty is zipped up and today, the home front, so I’m hoping to be successful in my first iPad blog post.

With Hurricane Irma now trending further west, some scary storm surges are expected, so Lee County also has issued evacuation orders.

The City has moved their point of operations to Ft Myers. Emergency trash pick-ups have gone on all day, while door-to-door City staff and volunteers have ensured all residents know about the evacuation notice and curfew (10 p.m. to 5 a.m.). Island Water also issued a boil water notice, beginning at noon tomorrow (Sat).

So, I have just taken a spin around the exterior of my home. Took these photos, which I hope are not needed for an insurance claim. The good news is there is no boat on my dock to sink, that was the exercise in 2004 with Hurricane Charley.

The team and I wish safety for all. I am moving to Plan B at Dave & Lisa’s off-island in the morning, probably followed by all of us going to Plan C in the afternoon.

P.s. We did have a little real estate news this week, Congratulations to Dave for his sale of the commercial property at 2422 Periwinkle Way (formerly She Sells Seashells). Our other closing scheduled for today is delayed due to the storm, but we have two offers in the works, one our listing, the other our sale. It’s up to Irma how those play out.

So, happy Friday to all with special wishes for safety for all dealing with hurricanes past, present, and future.

Hope I have good news to report next week. Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan.

A Little Soggy Today in the Neighborhood


SanibelSusan here. Today the islands are feeling the effects of what forecasters are calling swirling weather patterns associated with a tropical wave which poses a threat for localized flooding across Southwest Florida today. Heavy downpours began Wednesday afternoon and have been sporadic so far, but the chance of rain is predicted at 100% right through the weekend. It finally drops to a 20% chance on Wednesday. On the upside, the temperatures are down into the high 70’s/low 80’s and the vegetation is lush.

With the ground already saturated, flash flooding warnings have been issued for Lee and Charlotte counties until 8 p.m. tonight. This wave is not related to Hurricane Harvey which is poised to slam the Gulf coast of Texas, but it nonetheless probably helped bring the greater-than-normal rain throughout the day.

Before a few news items, here is a photo shared with me earlier this month. Look who walked by and caught him by surprise when he was at his island home. (You’ve gotta be fast with an iPhone. Thanks for sharing, Scott.)

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Florida Realtors 101st Annual Convention/Trade Show & Governance Meetings

2017 Convention LogoSorry I missed posting a blog last Friday. While in Orlando at the Florida Realtors® Annual Convention and Governance Meetings, it was great to play a part in the productive educational sessions Tues/Wed/Thurs, followed by committee meetings Fri/Sat, and ending with the Board of Directors meeting Sunday morning.

There are a lot of events, networking, and real work crammed into a few days so I always enjoy the drive back home when it is nice to get out in the fresh air again and rethink the week’s accomplishments.

2017 Sanibel Gang at Awards Luncheon

The Sanibel/Captiva gang at the Florida Realtors 2017 Awards Luncheon

 

I’ve seen lots of changes in the industry during the 20+ years that I have been involved in the state leadership team. Hot topics now are cybercrime, wire fraud, copyright infringement, automated valuation models, paperless transactions, social media advertising, artificial intelligence, and drones.

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Speaking at Florida Realtors Capital Club Luncheon – Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis (with his handsome sons)

Though the real estate markets vary from one area of Florida to another, much of our work and problems are common. Staying involved in problem-solving and solution-sharing is key in staying ahead of the many changes that technology continually brings to this business.2017 Education Ambassador

 

Here are a few fun facts about Florida Realtors®:

  • Florida Realtors® is the 2nd largest state Realtor® organization in the country.
  • It is 170,000 members strong (in 2017)
  • It began in 1916 and now covers 13 districts, 54 local boards, and has 130+ employees.
  • In 2016, 61% of membership was female and averaged 52 years old. Members had an average of 10 years of experience and completed 9 transactions. They closed nearly 400,000 sales with over $105 billion in dollar volume.
  • In 2016 in Florida, there were $19.4 billion in international sales. The largest fraction of foreign buyers (39%) were from Latin America & the Caribbean. The top 5 countries of foreign buyers in Florida were: Canada, Brazil, Venezuela, United Kingdom, & Argentina.
  • In 2017, Florida Realtors® PAC successfully supported legislation that passed the first-ever cap on community association fees for estoppel certificates.

Because of the size of our local organization, the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® only has two voting Directors at the state. There were 561 Florida Directors voting on Sunday. I was honored to be one of them, along with our 2017 Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® President, Joel Goodman.2017 BoardYou can find more info about Florida Realtors® at FloridaRealtors.org.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors®

Sanibel realtors logoYesterday was the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® August General Membership Meeting followed by biweekly Caravan. Once again, like two weeks ago, the meeting was well attended, but not much real estate action was announced. Our new listing at Spanish Cay was one of only two properties on the following Open House Caravan.

The speakers for the General Membership Meeting included a panel of four rental managers from ReMax of the Island Vacation Rentals, Royal Shell Vacations, SBL Vacations, and VIP Vacation Rentals. They fielded such questions as:

  • Who handles the prorations of rental income when a property sells? The rental managers do, this is not something that normally is handled by a title company since it’s not a physical part of the real estate.
  • How do you handle requests for showings when a property is listed for sale? Most of the managers prefer to make the showing appointments and only when requested by the Listing Agent. Particularly “in season”, when requests may be frequent, Listing Agents may want to ensure that the request is to a “serious prospect” before bothering a long-term tenant. VIP prefers that the Listing Agent calls the tenant so they can control who goes in/out.
  • Has the rental business increased or decreased? Some mentioned that particularly with homes, inventory is less than it was some years ago. Many in the large baby boomer population who purchased and rented before retirement are now using the property themselves.
  • Have rental rates increased? In most cases yes, but it’s often dependent on a property and its upgrades. The “best” properties are booked a year in advance with repeat longer-term bookings preferred. Particularly for reservations in Feb and Mar, they should be booked a year ahead.

SanibelSusan Realty Associates

While away, I fielded some phone and email inquiries about a few of our listings. Then, this week, we got another new listing. It is a Sunset South top-floor riverside expanded 2 bedroom with elevator, garage & large private storeroom – a great opportunity for a buyer looking for easy residential living with gulf access, natural views, and handy to the causeway. Well priced too at $499,900 (view shown in first photo below).

Several of our listings were shown this week and a couple of showings are scheduled as next week many rental properties are vacant. The action posted in the Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service since August 11 (two week’s worth of info) is posted after a few news items below.

The islands are coming up on what some of the retail establishments say is traditionally the slowest week of the year. Many communities only allow construction projects in September so it could be a few quiet weeks with schools back in session and the rainy season in full swing. It is a good time to view property though. Some say, the best time to secure real estate before “season”.

Sanibel Fresh

Sanibel Fresh 08-24-17If you are looking to try some place new, “Sanibel Fresh” opened yesterday in the former location of Bennett’s Fresh Roast at 1020 Periwinkle Way. Open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m., their motto on their Facebook logo says “Healthy food for a happy you”.

We haven’t tried it yet, but our pals say it’s “great”.

Call for Action

NFIPWithout Congressional action by September 30, 2017, authority for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will expire. If NFIP lapses, more than 40,000 real estate transactions per month will be in jeopardy. The National Association of Realtors® has issued a call for action and made it easy for you to urge your member of Congress to pass “The 21st Century Flood Reform Act” H.R. 2874 as soon as possible.

H.R. 2874 contains several provisions of critical importance:

  • Reauthorizes NFIP for a full 5 years, avoiding the uncertainty of short-term extensions and potential shutdowns.
  • Caps NFIP rates at $10,000 per year for property owners.
  • Directs FEMA to develop more granular rate tables, to ensure fewer properties are overcharged
  • Sets aside $1 billion for flood mitigation assistance grants.

And increases access to private market flood insurance. Please follow this link to Take Action

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity August 11-25, 2017

Sanibel

CONDOS

3 new listings: Sunset South #6D 2/2 $499.9K (our listing), Sundial East #O405 2/2 $1.0995M, Sanddollar #A101 2/2 $1.195M.

3 price changes: Seashells #40 2/2 now $359.9K, Ibis at The Sanctuary #B102 2/2 now $449.9K (our listing) (photos below), Ibis at The Sanctuary #B302 2/2 now $468.5K.

4 new sales: Ibis at The Sanctuary #B201 2/2 listed at $475K, Sanibel Moorings #931 2/2 listed at $550K, Sanctuary Golf Villages I #6-2 2/2.5 listed at $649K, Lighthouse Point #327 3/2 listed at $849K.

4 closed sales: Spanish Cay #B6 2/2 $380K, Blind Pass #F210 2/2 $444K, Blind Pass #B105 2/2 $450K, Sanibel Arms West #I3 2/2 $519K.

HOMES

5 new listings: 982 Main St 3/2.5 $489K, 4542 Bowen Bayou Rd 3/2 $578K, 1724 Bunting Ln 3/4 $985K, 1304 Eagle Run Dr 3/3 now $1,099,995; 411 Bella Vista Way 3/4 half-duplex $2.495M, 3945 West Gulf Dr 3/3 $3.195M.

7 price changes: 3021 Singing Wind Dr 3/2 now $499K; 5306 Ladyfinger Lake Rd 3/2 now $589K; 673 East Rocks 3/2 now $715,888; 3354 Barra Cir 3/2 now $875K; 673 East Rocks 3/2 now $725,988; 5075 Joewood Dr 4/4.5 now $3.25M.

6 new sales: 982 Main St 3/2.5 listed at $489K, 2150 Egret Cir 3/2 listed at $524.9K, 981 Sand Castle Rd 3/2.5 listed at $549K, 1311 Sand Castle Rd 4/4.5 listed at $799K, 655 Anchor Dr 3/3 listed at $749K, 1272 Isabel Dr 4/4.5 listed at $3.45M.

1 closed sale: 981 Main St 4/2.5 $625K.

LOTS

No new listings.

2 price changes: 3354 Barra Cir now $399K, 4115 Sanibel-Captiva Rd now $799K.

No new or closed sales.

Captiva

CONDOS

1 new listing: Beach Villas #5228 1/2 $433.5K.

No price changes.

2 new sales: Beach Villas #2517 1/1 listed at $497.5K, Beach Villas #2623 1/1 listed at $530K.

HOMES

No new listings or price changes.

1 new sale: 11500 Chapin Ln 4/4.5 listed at $1.795M.

No closed sales.

LOTS

Nothing to report.

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

Until next Friday, I hope you enjoy your weekend & stay dry. That’s the plan here!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

Realtors Packing Meals of Hope


meals_of_hope(1)It’s almost the end of another quiet week on Sanibel & Captiva Islands. The SanibelSusan Team and I are getting our Friday work done early today, so we can head over to the Community House to help the Meals of Hope volunteers set up for our Association of Realtors® afternoon food packing event.

At last count, the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® has raised $6,000+ (enough for food/supplies to pack 28,000 meals) and will have at least 80 volunteers ready to pack from 3 to 5 p.m.

It will be fun to see how many we really can get done that quickly. Off to Harry Chapin Food Bank the meals go after that, where they are available to Southwest Florida food banks through the Feeding America Food Bank Network.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service

Sanibel realtors logoNo sales were announced at yesterday’s Association of Realtors® bi-weekly Caravan Meeting and only two new listings (one home on Sanibel and one on Captiva) were open during the Caravan that followed.

Our listings had some action this week though, including another condo closing and one under contract. The action posted since last Friday in the Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service follows a couple of news items below.

Online Home Value Estimates Are Not Appraisals

BradfordZillowCartoonWonder why your Realtor® tells you that a Zestimate of the value of your island property may be incorrect? First a little general info from NAR’s Economists’ Outlook blog on June 29, 2017 and reposted on “Daily Real Estate News” June 30:

“Homeowners who seek an estimate of their home’s value online often find that it doesn’t match the actual value… The Economists’ Outlook blog, which is run by the National Association of REALTORS®, recently offered tips from data scientist Karen Belita. She notes that Automated Valuation Models, or AVMs, are based on computer algorithms and calculations that “take different sets of property data and look for patterns and relationships between property value and the input data.” This allows web visitors to find a home value estimate easily and quickly by just searching an address.

“But these estimates should not be confused or used as a substitute for appraisals, Belita notes. Appraisals use comparative market analyses and in-depth expertise of real estate professionals to draw a conclusion on the value of the property. Another caveat with AVMs is that they fail to take into account the unique qualities of a home, neighborhood, or local market.

Zillow’s “Zestimate,” for example, is computed using public and user-submitted data with “different accuracy levels depending on the data of the property and location,” Belita writes. Another source is the REALTORS Property Resource®, which provides two home value estimates: one from their own AVM model and another from REALTORS® Valuation Model. RVM pulls from the same data as the AVM as well as MLS data, providing estimates of confidence scores based on its accuracy level.

“As technologies advance and more data becomes available, the number of sites that provide home value estimates may grow,” Belita writes. “With the knowledge of where to find home value estimates online, it is important to note that these home value estimates are not interchangeable with formal appraisals, comparative market analyses, and they cannot be used as a basis for a loan. Most of these sites, if not all, reiterate the importance of consulting the expertise of real estate professionals to receive an in-depth and in-person analysis of the property and the local market.””

On island, it goes without saying that most property cannot be valued using calculations that might apply in large area of residential tract housing where location and construction are basically the same. Here, the islands are so unique that the same home in different gulf and inland locations, sometimes less than a mile apart, also can differ in value not just a few dollars, but millions of dollars.

Many Multiple Listing Services sell their data as a revenue source. The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service does not. It neither gives nor sells its MLS data to Zillow or 3rd party sites, nor are the listings in the islands’ MLS sent to outside syndicated sites looking to make money.

Instead, the island MLS data is provided only to Realtors® performing under the umbrella of the Realtor® Code of Ethics. That includes sites: Realtor.com, our Association site SanibelRealtors.com, and individual member and company sites where our Association offers cooperation through Florida Realtors® IDX (Internet Data Exchange) like my site SanibelSusan.com.

So why, you may ask are your listing photos and data on Zillow. It’s because some island Realtors® and their clients want their properties to get broad exposure.

I do this by belonging to two MLS’s. I am a primary member of the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® which requires that we post all of my listing on their MLS. I also hold a secondary membership at the Royal Palm Coast Realtor® Association which services other areas in Southwest Florida. This secondary membership allows me to also post my listings on the Florida Gulf Coast MLS. The Florida Gulf Coast MLS syndicates their listings to many 3rd part real estate search sites, including Zillow.

Does that mean that all Sanibel/Captiva listings are on Zillow? No, but you will find SanibelSusan listings there.

So, when various websites offer to tell you the value of your property, take it with a grain of salt. I have never and I mean never, seen an island Zillow that was not inflated.

A real estimate of value or what a property likely is worth at a point in time is best done by a licensed real estate appraiser or by a market analysis prepared by a licensed Realtor®.

If you want to know the real value of your property, it should be based on recent actual sale prices of ALL comparable properties (not just those in a particular database).

It should not be based on asking prices of what is for sale, not what sold a year ago, and not what a property like yours may be worth in another location.

The person that can perform this evaluation is someone who knows the value of real estate here and not just some of the prices for some sales, but all of them.

Mortgage Rates Fall Again – 2nd Straight Week

Florida Realtors logoFloridaRealtors® posted the following Associated Press article yesterday, July 27, 2017:

associated-press-logo“Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week for the second week in a row, despite the Federal Reserve’s efforts to lift borrowing costs.

“Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the rate on 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages slid to 3.92% from 3.96% the previous week. While historically low, that is still above last year’s average of 3.65%

“The rate on 15-year, fixed-rate home loans, popular with homeowners who are refinancing their mortgages, eased to 3.2% from 3.23% last week.

“Mortgage rates haven’t increased much even though the Federal Reserve has boosted its benchmark rate four times in the past 18 months. That’s because mortgage rates follow the yield on the 10-year Treasury note, which is influenced by many factors. Greater demand by overseas investors can lower the yield.

To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country between Monday and Wednesday each week. The average doesn’t include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates. One point equals 1% of the loan amount.”

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity July 21-28, 2017

sancap GO MLS logoSanibel

CONDOS

1 new listing: Gulfside Place #222 2/2 $1.245M.

No price changes.

1 new sale: Gulf Beach #102 2/2 listed at $799K (our listing).

Beach

In front of Gulf Beach

 

4 closed sales: Captains Walk #A1 2/1 $325K, Lighthouse Point #129 3/2 $550K (our listing), Sanibel Surfside #223 2/2 $730K, By-The-Sea #C302 2/2 $1.175M.

HOMES

1 new listing: 1938 Roseate Ln 3/2 $549K.

4 price changes: 1940 Periwinkle Way 3/2 half-duplex now $494K, 1040 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 now $589K, 545 Piedmont Rd 3/2 now $595.9K, 9113 Mockingbird Dr 3/3.5 now $599,999.

2 new sales: 519 Lagoon Dr 4/2 listed at $849K, 1137 Golden Olive Ct 5/3.5 listed at $1.7945M.

4 closed sales: 1036 S Yachtsman Dr 3/3 $595K, 1809 Bowmans Beach Rd 3/2 $750K, 1032 Lindgren Blvd 3/2.5 $799.9K, 3402 West Gulf Dr 3/2 $1.3M.

LOTS

1 new listing: 461 Lake Murex Cir $349K.

1 price change: 1299 Par View Dr now $241.5K.

1 new sale: 5148 Sea Bell Rd listed at $199K.

No closed sales.

Captiva

CONDOS

No new listings, price changes, or new sales.

1 closed sale: Tennis Villas #3127 1/1 $237,250.

HOMES

1 new listing: 11531 Paige Ct 3/3.5 $3.59M.

No price changes.

1 new sale: 43 Oster Ct 2/2.5 listed at $819K.

No closed sales.

LOTS

Nothing to report.

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

friday-yay.jpgUntil next Friday,

Susan Andrews aka SanibelSusan

Happy Friday at The SanibelSusan Team


Another Friday report from SanibelSusan and team. Funny weather here this week – still summerlike, warm and humid, but two mostly-overcast days in a row now, rather than bright sunny days with occasional afternoon or evening showers.

meals of hope logoNext Friday at the Sanibel Community House is the Meals-of-Hope food-packaging event that the Sanibel and Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® is sponsoring and my committee is ringleading. I am happy to report that we have met both of our goals: 1) to raise more than $5,000 to pay for the food/supplies, and 2) to line up at least 50 volunteers to help in the packing. If any of you are here and want to help, just let us know in advance so that we have a task lined up for you. It will be from 3 to 5 p.m. on July 28. Our goal then is to pack 20,000 meals during the two hours.

Below are a couple of news items, followed by the action posted since last Friday in the islands’ Multiple Listing Service. Not much action this week, but The SanibelSusan Team has good representation! Woohoo!

Other Dates to Remember

Noahs-Ark-2August 4, Friday – Noah’s Ark Annual Bag Day from 9 to 11 a.m. Fit as much as you can in an bag purchased in the parking lot for $4. Any items that don’t fit in the bag are 80% off. After August 4, the Ark is closed for cleaning and repairs. It reopens October 3 on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon. In November, full schedule resumes (weekdays and the 1st Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon. Donations are accepted beginning September 1. More info at www.saintmichaels-sanibel.org.

ding darling goose logoUntil August 28 – Seniors age 62 and older can purchase a lifetime pass “America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior” for $10 at the “Ding” Darling Nature Store when the price increases to $80. The pass allows free lifetime admission to most national wildlife refuges, including “Ding’ Darling, plus national parks and monuments, and more than 2,000 sites manages by federal agencies. This is the 1st senior pass price increase since 1994.

Homeowners Association Restrictions Have an Expiration Date

henderson-franklinA good article was posted on-line June 28, 2017 by Amanda Barritt, with Henderson Franklin Attorneys at Law.

“With the turnover of volunteer homeowner’s association (“HOA”) board members over time, it is not surprising that certain important long-term issues may be overlooked. There is one very important law, however, which board members may not be aware of that can eliminate an HOA’s ability to enforce its restrictions.

“I am often contacted by an HOA board at the last minute before their restrictions “expire” under this law and even sometimes after they expire. Below is a breakdown of the two different processes an HOA must follow to preserve the restrictions before they expire or, if the deadline has been missed, to revitalize the restrictions.

What is the law and why? The Marketable Records Title Act (“MRTA”) is a Florida law designed to eliminate “stale” recorded claims that affect the title to real property, such as old recorded leases for which the beneficiaries have long departed or dissolved. Without MRTA, these documents still have to be shown on title commitments and policies even though may have long since become irrelevant and unused. Unfortunately, there isn’t an exemption to save old (and still active) association covenants unless the affirmative steps are taken to preserve them.

What does it mean to HOA’s? The simplified explanation is that the recorded covenants governing a community must be preserved before the end of a 30-year period beginning on the date they were recorded. The Florida statute lays out the process that an association must go through to preserve the effectiveness of the recorded covenants if the 30 years has not yet expired. The preservation process will mean that the covenants are effective under MRTA for another 30 years. HOA’s must still look at the Declaration to determine if the covenants expire under their own terms at another date without an automatic renewal.

“Merely amending or restating the covenants does not restart the 30-year clock. The statutory process must be followed. For preservation, the Statement of Marketable Title Action provided in Section 712.06, Florida Statutes must be sent to all homeowners seven (7) days in advance of the board meeting to consider preserving the covenants. The Board must approve the preservation by at least 2/3 vote of the Board, and then a Notice of Marketable Title Action is recorded in the public records.

What if an HOA misses the 30-year deadline? “Revitalization” is required to reinstate the recorded covenants for another 30 years. The revitalization process that applies to HOA’s is found in the Homeowners’ Association Act (ch. 720, Florida Statutes).

Revitalization Process: In order to revitalize, a majority of the owners of the affected property must approve of the revitalization. The process also includes:

  • Forming an “Organizing Committee” to prepare the proposed revitalized documents.
  • Providing notice to all homeowners that includes the HOA documents (as well as the current articles of incorporation and bylaws), a graphic depiction of the property (often a copy of the plat, if applicable), and the form of written consent for them to sign to approve the revitalization (unless the HOA is holding a vote at a meeting).
  • Submitting the approved documents, the consents, and other documentation verifying that the proper process was followed to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (“FDEO”) for approval.
  • Upon approval by the FDEO, the revitalized Declaration, the current Articles, Bylaws, and affected property owners and property list are recorded.

Bottom Line: It is important to note that the expiration date under MRTA applies regardless of whether an HOA’s Declaration of Restrictions contains its own expiration date. Both the MRTA deadline and the Declaration’s own expiration provisions must be addressed by all HOA’s. The process may be daunting for some Boards, but a successful revitalization or preservation is possible with some diligence. If you have any questions or concerns regarding how MRTA applies to your HOA, please feel free to contact me at amanda.barritt@henlaw.com or by phone at 239-344-1108.”

Green Sea Turtles On Sanibel

GREEN-SEA-TURTLE-900The first green sea turtle was tagged on June 5, on the west end, just east of Bowman’s Beach. Since then four more have been tagged here making the Green Sea Turtle in Southwest Florida program a huge success for the first year.

Conservancy of SW FL logo.pngThe Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) partnered with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida this year to tag green sea turtles. As of last week, two green sea turtles were tagged with satellite trackers on Keewaydin Island and five on Sanibel.

SCCF logoSCCF has a nighttime tagging crew monitoring the beaches seven days week to tag loggerhead turtles with flipper and pit tags, and taking measurements. So far this year, the crew has encountered 202 loggerheads, while 20 green sea turtles have been reported on the island. Green sea turtles nest biannually.

In addition to looking different, these two turtles have different nesting characteristics. Green sea turtles use symmetric movements while crawling on the beach, while loggerheads crawl like babies. Green sea turtles also have a tail drag because their tails are a bit longer. The green sea turtle also spends a long time covering their nest to camouflage it from predators. Two of the five green sea turtles were found nesting at 5 a.m. Green sea turtles lay a clutch of about 136 eggs, while loggerheads lay an average of 110 eggs. Follow the green sea turtles that have been tagged on www.movebank.org.

To help protect sea turtles, please:

  • Hunker down when spotting a sea turtle on the beach, especially when seeing a green sea turtle. If it sees a human near them, it is enough to scare them back into the water.
  • Turn lights completely off near and on the beach, or place an approved red filter over the light. Sea turtles are not attracted to the long wave length of red lights.
  • Make sure beaches are clean and flat. Flatten sand castles, fill in holes, and remove beach furniture from the beach at night.
  • If you see a sea turtle nesting, do not approach it, but rather watch from a distance and hunker down.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity July 14-21, 2017

sancap GO MLS logoSanibel

CONDOS

2 new listings: Pointe Santo #B2 2/2 $825K, Tamarind #B202 2/2.5 $1.749M.

1 price change: Snug Harbor #312 3/2 now $669K.

1 new sale: Blind Pass #B105 2/2 listed at $464.9K.

1 closed sale: Spanish Cay #D1 2/2 $360K (our listing & sale).

HOMES

1 new listing: 1035 S. Yachtsman Dr 5/4.5 $1.149M.

6 price changes: 1717 Sand Pebble Way 3/2 now $649K; 1710 Sand Pebble Way 3/2 now $669K; 673 East Rocks Dr 3/2 now $733,888; 225 Daniel Dr 3/2.5 now $749K, 765 Conch Ct 5075 5/4 now $899K, 5075 Joewood Dr 4/4.5 now $3.45M.

1 new sale: 625 Lake Murex Cir 3/2.5 listed at $699K (our listing).

No closed sales.

LOTS

No new listings.

1 price change: 0 Island Inn Rd now $995,555.

1 new sale: 2501 Wulfert Rd listed at $183.9K.

No closed sales.

Captiva

CONDOS

Nothing to report.

HOMES

No new listings.

1 price change: 16447 Captiva Dr 6/5/2 now $3.699M.

No new sales.

1 closed sale: 4 Sunset Captiva Ln 3/2.5 $2.345M.

LOTS

Nothing to report.

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

Here’s hoping your summer is happy too! Next Friday’s update will be posted earlier in the day! Happy weekend!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

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It’s Susan reporting another week of nice Sanibel summer weather. The island has been a little quieter following the departure of holiday visitors, but there are still plenty of vacationers enjoying the islands.

Sunday night, I had dinner with friends at the new Doc Ford’s and was surprised to find a wait from as early as 6 p.m. right through closing time. It’s a popular place and worth the wait. These friends also shared some of their vacation photos – fine examples of the great weather, sparkling gulf, and how empty the beach was this week at Chateau Sur Mer. Thanks, Pia.

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Yesterday was the July Membership Breakfast Meeting at the islands Association of Realtors®. Very little real estate activity was announced, but the speakers were excellent. Affiliate members, David Arter (Private Client Insurance Services), Chris Heidrick (Heidrick & Co. Insurance), and Mike Gadaleta (BB&T Oswald Trippe & Co.) updated members on insurance issues. Below is some info from David Arter’s handout on Wind Insurance.

Following some other news items is a summary of the action posted in the Sanibel/Captiva Multiple Listing Service since last Friday.

Wind Insurance & More

There are three types of providers for wind insurance here:

  1. Admitted Markets – these are the insurance providers licensed & approved by the State of Florida. Several carriers write wind insurance on Sanibel & Captiva.
  2. Citizens – this is the admitted carrier that is operated by the State of Florida.
  3. Surplus Lines (or Non-Admitted Carriers) – these must be access through a broker, no standardized forms are required (meaning they do not need to comply with state requirements), and there is no minimum earned premium.

What is Citizens? – Citizens Property Insurance can insure residential dwellings to a maximum value of $699,999 (per Florida Senate bill 1770). Policies could be subject to a “surcharge” (of up to 45%) if Citizens sustains a deficit as a result of a hurricane or other reason. They have strict underwriting and administrative guidelines, limited endorsement availability, and a depopulation program. Originally designed as the “Carrier of Last Resort’, Citizens was the largest property insurance carrier in Florida. Recently, it has gone from 1.1 million policies to under 450,000 personal residential policies.

Wind Mitigation Inspections – The Wind Mitigation Inspection form used today was revised in 2012. It contains such information as the age of the roof, the roof deck attachment, wall attachment, geometry or shape, secondary water resistance, and opening protection (shutters, hurricane glass, etc.). A wind mitigation inspection is recommended even on an older property, if was permitted before 2001, but the roof meets 2001 Florida Building Code (meaning a new roof was permitted after 3/2/2002) – or if a roof permitted before 2001 Code has hurricane wraps or clips (3 nails required), has Level B or C Roof Deck Attachment, and/or Level A Opening Protection.

Helpful Tips When Looking for Insurance Coverage

  • To get insurance credits or a better price, get a Wind Mitigation Inspection done, even on homes built before 2002.
  • For homes 30 or more years old also get a 4-Point Inspection. This inspection covers the roof, plumbing, electrical, and air conditioning systems. From this inspection, insurance agents can determine if the property is eligible for coverage by different providers. Many require that a roof have a remaining useful life of at least five years. Polybutylene plumbing also is a problem for virtually all carriers. Electrical Fuse panels and Federal Pacific Panels are generally unacceptable by most carriers. (Some also restrict Zinsco and Challenger panels.)
  • For flood insurance, a copy of the current policy helps as does an Elevation Certificate (prepared by surveyor).
  • When buying a property, providing the insurance agent with a copy of the MLS information helps too. They use that and county public records to provide estimates.
  • Establish the closing date and bind polices early. Insurance agents are often balancing between available markets, zip code openings/closings, and storms. During Hurricane Season, carriers can stop writing policies at a moment’s notice. A storm threat usually means companies will stop writing policies until the storm passes. A signed application and payment are needed to bind a policy.

Sanibel Planning Commission Reaffirms Position on Retail Stores

Good summary about this week’s Planning Commission meeting at the “Santiva-Chronicle” on-line.

“The Sanibel Planning Commission reaffirmed its stance on formula retail, or chain, stories in a unanimous 6-0 vote at City Hall Tuesday, July 11, and also was in agreement that the city needs to keep a close eye on the changing face of retail business. With no public hearings on its agenda, the Planning Commission spent just over 90 minutes discussing formula retail, after which it voted to stick with the recommendations it unanimously passed at its June 13 session. The commission will vote on approving a resolution at its Aug. 4 meeting that will forward four recommendations to the City Council for its consideration as either amendments to the Land Development Code or action items. They are:

“1. Adjust the current review trigger that requires additional review and approval by City Council from 50,000 square feet to 60,000 whenever a new formula retail stores is permitted in excess of this total amount of commercial floor area representing all formula retail stores within the City Commercial District;

“2. Amend the current definition of Formula Retail Stores so that it does not apply to retail businesses with fewer than three existing stores;

“3. Develop and post on the city’s website mysanibel.com an instructional guide with the necessary steps for starting any permitted business on Sanibel;

“4. Request that the city examine the future economic development of its Commercial District to ensure that it maintains an appropriate mix and variety of uses.

“The commission discussed all the points Tuesday with several commissioners stressing that the nature of the retail business is going through changes. ““The idea that a mom-and-pop business is going to succeed is changing,” Commissioner Chuck Ketteman said, referring to consolidation into large chains and the effect of the Internet. “Our focus might become what kind of formula retail business it will be rather than just on how much of it we have,” he said.

“Chairman Dr. Phillip Marks agreed, noting the effect of an Internet service like Amazon Prime that delivers quickly with free shipping. “We may have to change our focus when it comes to new businesses,” Marks said.

“The commission also looked at ways to help new businesses, whether formula retail or not, to follow the proper procedure for opening. That, the commission agreed, should include brief questions on the business tax receipt that would identify potential formula retail conflicts both for new businesses and existing ones who may have become formula retail after opening here.

“Presently City Council and Planning Commission must approve a formula retail application because the 50,000-square feet trigger plateau has been surpassed. Both boards approved applications for a pair of Periwinkle Place businesses, Fanta Sea and Everything But Water, in the past 15 months. It was those two applications that prompted City Council to ask for a potential overhaul of its formula retail procedures.

“Commissioner Karen Storjohann noted that Fanta Sea was open for two years before it came before the Planning Commission. She and Vice Chairman Holly Smith have been vocal about updating forms to both help businesses comply and to track violators like Fanta Sea was.“We need to assure that people are getting the right information on the front end,” Smith said. Ric Base, president of the Sanibel and Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber is often a first contact point for prospective new businesses. “We would like to have something to hand to people. It shows that we are all on the same page,” Base said. He agreed with Ketteman and Marks that the landscape is changing for the retail industry. “We will see huge changes in the how retail operates in the next five years,” Base said.

“The Land Development Code Subcommittee, which consists of the entire Planning Commission, will meet in September. Ketteman said two points that might be addressed at that time are the guidelines for swimming pools and decks and the guidelines for vegetation buffers. The commission has approved several decks and pools in recent years upon reasonable requests from property owners. If the code were rewritten, approval could come from the Planning Department without commission involvement.

“The design of the vegetation buffer was the main sticking point at the recent hearing at which Mud Bugs Cajun Restaurant was approved on a narrow 4-3 vote. More flexibility in the Land Development Code regarding vegetation buffers deserves consideration, Ketteman said.”

Sanibel Surveys News

Bean, Whitaker, Lutz & Kareh, Inc., a local Surveying and Civil Engineering firm based in Fort Myers since 1987, has announced that they have acquired Sanibel Surveys. Andy Johnson, owner of Sanibel Surveys since 2005, will be appointed senior project manager and will continue providing professional surveying services on Sanibel Island as well as Captiva, Fort Myers Beach, Bonita Beach and throughout Lee County. Mr. Johnson is a survey graduate of New Mexico State University and has been involved in the survey profession for over 20 years. 

Air in Green Homes May Be A Health Risk

This article caught my eye on REALTOR®Mag on-line on June 27, 2017:

“Energy-efficient homes built too tightly have building experts warning about the potential health impact on owners. A home sealed efficiently can be great for reducing heating and cooling costs and managing its environmental impact. But the home itself still needs to breathe, some experts warn.

““Many homeowners are now having trouble with their more tightly built houses because the homes lack the ventilation necessary to get the stale inside air to the outside of the house and bring fresh air inside,” Remodeling writes.

“Bryan Henson, president of Allen Construction in Santa Barbara, Calif., says a house that’s sealed up completely would become a toxic environment to humans.The World Health Organization estimates that 4.3 million people worldwide die each year from indoor air pollution. Cases of asthma are on the rise, and asthma can be triggered by indoor contaminants such as mold, dust, and dander.

“More homeowners are questioning their indoor air quality and its impact on their health, sparking a growing interest in the “healthy home” concept. Healthy home systems tend to focus greatly on indoor air quality by providing filtered fresh air into the home.

“For healthier air, homeowners need to consider their home’s air flow. In some homes, the air may be pushed down through the attic into the home or come out from a crawlspace through the living area and out the attic. The problem with crawlspaces, building experts note, is that they often contain moisture, soil gases, and even rodents and their droppings. Indoor air space needs to be properly sealed off from the crawlspace and attic, and older homes may need more sealing off because of their older toxicity, such as lead paint, says Henson.

“To help gauge how healthy a home is and find areas worth improvement, homeowners can take a quiz made by Hayward Healthy HomeThe Pharos Project lists different products and includes their chemical ingredients and potential hazards to homeowners’ health. More resources for improving a home’s health and indoor quality include The Healthy Building Network, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Indoor Air Quality Association.”

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity July 7-14, 2017

Sanibel

CONDOS

1 new listing: Moonshadows #2C 3/3 $1.775M.

1 price change: Blind Pass #D105 2/2 now $419K.

4 new sales: Loggerhead Cay #371 2/2 listed at $529K, Sanibel Surfside #223 2/2 listed at $778K, Shorewood #2D 3/2 listed at $999K, High Tide #A102 3/2.5 listed at $1.495M.

1 closed sale: Loggerhead Cay #592 2/2 $602K.

HOMES

3 new listings: 1846 Ardsley Way 2/2 $629K, 474 Lake Murex Cir 3/2 $689K, 2489 Harbour Ln 3/2 $699.9K.

4 price changes: 9113 Mockingbird Dr 3/3.5 now $639,999; 732 Windlass Way 4/3.5 now $1.195M; 1206 Bay Dr 4/4.5 now $3.699M; 1304 Seaspray Ln 3/2.5 now $4.395M.

6 new sales: 2150 Egret Cir 3/2 listed at $524.9K, 9455 Beverly Ln 2/2 listed at $546K, 376 Lake Murex Blvd 3/2 listed at $569K, 981 Main St 4/2.5 listed at $689K, 655 Anchor Dr 3/3 listed at $789K, 390 Old Trail Rd 4/4.5 listed at $2.195M.

5 closed sales: 4452 Gulf Pines Dr 3/2 $515K, 1426 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 $590K, 1234 Middle Gulf Dr 3/3 $1.075M, 408 Bella Vista Way 4/4 $1.35M, 3577 West Gulf Dr 4/4/2 $7.2M.

LOTS

No new listings.

2 price changes: 9441 Peaceful Dr now $249K (our listing), 1311 Par View Dr now $274K.

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Aerial of 9441 Peaceful Drive in Gumbo Limbo, backing to conservation land.

 

1 new sale: 6159 Starling Way listed at $639K.

1 closed sale: 2529 Wulfert Rd $230K.

Captiva

CONDOS

No new listings.

1 price change: Beach Villas #2617 1/1 now $495K.

1 new sale: Bayside Villas #4118 1/2 listed at $375K.

2 closed sales: Bayside Villas #4102 1/2 $320K, Sunset Beach Villas #2318 2/2 $590K.

HOMES & LOTS

Nothing to report.

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

Until next Friday, here’s one more fun picture from Pia. Pelicans love special perches.

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Happy weekend! Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

Winding Up Independence Day Week 2017


It’s another quiet week on Sanibel and Captiva Islands. At least pretty quiet in the real estate business.

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Plenty of families were here over the holiday enjoying the festivities. The Independence Day Parade again was well attended. This year, there were several special music entries including the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation who headlined the parade, celebrating their 50th anniversary. Their upbeat band was terrific as was the more traditional patriotic-song playing BIG ARTS Community Band.

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The color guard with bagpipes kick off the parade.

 

2017 Parade kids

The colorful entry from Sanibel’s Summit Christian Pre-School.

2017 Rotary

 

The Bissell family whose Dad/Granddad Realtor® Don Bissell, founded the parade 27 years ago, had a fun entry too. With plenty of Bissell boys dressed as Olympic athletes & pushing mock bobsleds, they “struck a pose” whenever a spectator wanted a photo.

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The Bissell Family’s “Happy Birthday, America” entry.

 

After the parade, the Sanibel-Captiva Optimists Club Road Rally was tougher than I remember from earlier years (winners not announced yet). Hopefully plenty was raised for local scholarships. The Sanibel Grill at The Timbers Restaurant certainly did their part after the rally in providing food and drink to the 20-some rally teams. I’m sure that Team #12, “Beamer Stars” didn’t win any awards, but we sure had fun. The fireworks went off without a hitch too.

With nice summer weather, followed by late day or evening rains, the beaches, waterways, and bike paths have been busy the rest of the week too. There will be lots of check-outs tomorrow.

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

Blind Pass Beach Parking Lot Closed for Maintenance

Sanibelcityseal logoA City of Sanibel notice was posted today advising that the City will begin maintenance of the parking lot at Blind Pass Beach Park on Monday, July 10. Weather permitting repairs, it will be closed until Friday, July 14. Residents and visitors are encouraged to use other public City beach parks during this time.

State’s Economy To Top $1 Trillion Next Year

heraldtribune_logoAs posted today in Orlando on FloridaRealtosr® on-line and sourced to “Sarasota Herald-Tribune” (07/07/17):

“University of Central Florida (UCF) Economist Sean Snaith predicts that Florida’s gross state product will break the $1 trillion mark next year – and then climb to $1.074 trillion in 2019.

“That gross state product level would make the Florida economy the 16th largest in the world, as ranked by the World Bank.

“Snaith expects the gross state product to expand at an average annual rate of 2.9% through 2019 and outpace the projected average for the United States’ gross domestic product for the same period. Driving the economy will be job growth and home construction, Snaith said in his 2nd quarter Florida & Metro Forecast.

“”The fundamental underpinnings of the housing market in Florida continue to strengthen. Job growth in Florida is forecasted to continue outperforming the U.S. labor market and more baby boomers continue to reach the end of their working lives,” says Snaith, the director for the Institute for Economic Competitiveness at the UCF College of Business Administration. “This bodes well for continued population growth via the in-migration of workers and retirees.”

“Snaith notes that Florida faces a growing single-family-housing shortage because of the shrinking inventory of existing homes and a pace of housing starts that trails growth, which is rapidly pushing prices up in the single-family market.

“”While this looks like another housing bubble, it’s really just an old-fashioned shortage in the single-family market,” Snaith says. “It is expected to correct itself as new housing starts ramp up over the next few years.””

It’s Not Easy to Regulate Rentals

Florida Realtors logoToday, I read an interesting article from the “Miami Herald” that was reposted today on FloridaRealtors®.

Of course, the islands are a far cry from Miami, but the subject hit close to home when it described how the unincorporated Miami-Dade County commissioners spent hours of deliberation over a proposed ordinance that would create a laundry list of new regulations for short-term rental owners. The ordinance which had been fine-tuned over four months of meetings, would require rental platforms like Airbnb to sign up for a certificate of use, register for a business tax receipt, screen for sexual offenders, and enforce a number of “vacation rental standards” on their guests. The ordinance also imposes requirements on the platform hosting the listing, whether it be Airbnb, HomeAway, Craigslist or another site.

The commissioner who proposed the ordinance said, “The industry is here; I just want to see it sufficiently regulated for our client Miami-Dade County.” That industry is here in Southwest Florida too. Time and time again in the real estate business, we run into island owners and similar platforms violating the rental restrictions of a community or complex or not collecting taxes on short-term rentals, and guests who unknowingly are renting where they shouldn’t be.

In the case of this proposed ordinance on the other coast, the commissioners were unable to agree on several of the provisions and were worried that Airbnb and others may sue the city, so they deferred their vote until Sept. 7. At question were some of the specific requirements imposed on hosts, such as home inspection rules, the potential effect vacation rentals could have on affordable housing and the legality of creating requirements for the platforms themselves.

State law prohibits local governments from enacting new rules after 2011 that impact the frequency and duration of short-term rentals.

With the onset of the internet, the rental business changed significantly and it has been a continual work in progress then. Stay tuned for more on this subject. Sanibel and Captiva Islands are and will continue to be mostly a second home and investment market. Rental business affects that tremendously.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity June 30-July 7, 2017

sancap GO MLS logoSanibel

CONDOS

No new listings.

1 price change: Sand Pointe #113 2/2 now $719K.

1 new sale: Spanish Cay #A6 2/2 listed at $389K.

1 closed sale: Seashells #6 2/2 $385K.

HOMES

No new listings.

3 price changes: 673 East Rocks Dr 3/2 now $739.9K, 932 Whelk Dr 3/3 now $1.299M, 984 Oyster Ct 3/3.5 now $1.65M.

3 new sales: 9409 Moonlight Dr 3/2.5 listed at $599K, 2489 Harbour Ln 3/2 listed at $699.9K, 6494 San-Cap Rd 3/2 listed at $1.795M.

2 closed sales: 1315 Par View Dr 3/2 $676K, 2507 Blind Pass Ct 3/3 $1.34M.

LOTS

No new listings or price changes.

2 new sales: 540 East Lake Rd listed at $169K, 1340 Eagle Run Dr listed at $270K.

1 closed sale: 434 Lake Murex Cir $250K.

Captiva

CONDOS

No new listings or closed sales.

1 price change: Sunset Captiva #201 2/2 now $895K.

1 new sale: Bayside Villas #4102 1/2 listed at $348.5K.

HOMES

No new listings, new sales, or closed sales.

1 price change: 16525 Captiva Dr 8/8 now $3.995M.

LOTS

Nothing to report.

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

Enjoy your weekend!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

Sanibel’s Popcorn Clouds Are Back!


It is SanibelSusan reporting the end of another quiet week on sunny Sanibel. Today, traffic picked up a little on Periwinkle Way with some early weekend holiday arrivals. The weather has settled into a more typical summer routine – warm sunny days with late afternoon or evening showers. Here are a few recent photos. I love those big white popcorn clouds.

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June 29th Association of Realtors® Caravan Meeting

Sanibel realtors logoAt yesterday’s Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® biweekly Caravan Meeting, only three properties were open (including one off-island).

SCCF logoUpdate on Water Quality – Rae Ann Wessel, SCCF’s Natural Resource Policy Director gave attendees a quick update on water quality. She is one of the local scientists involved in preparing weekly reports on conditions in the Caloosahatchee River and how these conditions affect the health, productivity and function of the system. Their report this week described that flows to the estuary between June 20 and 26 came entirely from the watershed, with no flow from Lake Okeechobee. (Interesting, I’ve heard several locals mention that they think the bayside waters have changed color, that happens after normal rainfall not just from Lake O water releases, particularly after a long dry spell as the one experience here this winter and spring.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) discontinued flows to the Caloosahatchee in early June due to the significant rainfall throughout the region then. On June 23, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued an emergency order to allow temporary operational changes to minimize flooding south of Lake Okeechobee. The next day, South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) initiated back pumping to Lake O from that agricultural area.

The scientists’ recent memo to USACE, DEP, and SFWMD recommends not making any releases to the Caloosahatchee from Lake Okeechobee while the Lake is relatively low and the Caloosahatchee is receiving adequate freshwater flow from the watershed. They also encourage the use of as much watershed storage as possible within distributed storage projects and other lands owned or under contract by the State.

Rae Ann stressed that everyone needs to hold the state’s feet to the fire to ensure that the storage areas already voted on and committed are really built. This is a long tedious process and she illustrated how budgeted funds in the political arena can move, regardless of commitment.

She also thanked Realtors® for their continued efforts in the fight for clean water, particularly their participation during the spring legislative meetings in Tallahassee where voices were heard and action resulted.

Update on Community Projects

Today is the last day of our Association of Realtors® summer food drive for the F.I.S.H. Food Pantry. I’m so proud of my Communications and Public Relations Committee members for spearheading efforts this year to further the Association’s 2017 campaign “Together, We Make A Difference”.

Thanks to an anonymous donor who agreed to match any donations collected this week, our goals are halfway met for our upcoming food packing event under the direction of Meals of Hope. With another four weeks to go, we still to need to raise funds to pay for the food/supplies needed to pack 20,000 meals and find another 25+volunteers committed to help with the packing on July 28 from 3 to 5 p.m. at The Community House. You can be sure The SanibelSusan Team will have the Friday update done early that day. We will be packing!

Community Associations: New Estoppel Rules

HendersonFranklin logo read another good article on-line this week in “Legal Scoop on Southwest Florida Real Estate”. This one posted June 26, 2017 by Michael Lehnert of Henderson Franklin, Attorneys at Law. It says:

Beginning July 1, 2017, Florida community associations will have to comply with more burdensome estoppel requirements.

“The 2017 Florida legislature just recently passed a new law that will require associations to comply with a request for an estoppel certificate within 10 business days. If they fail to do so, they will forfeit their right to charge a fee for the preparation and delivery of the document.

“Furthermore, the fee that an association may charge is now strictly regulated. The fee is capped at $250 if there are no delinquent amounts owed to the association for the applicable unit or parcel, or $400 if a delinquent amount is owed. However, associations may charge an additional $100 if an expedited request is made, and the association delivers the estoppel within three (3) business days after the request.

“In addition to the changes to the timeframe and fees related estoppel certificate issuance, the new law will require associations to provide more information than previously required. Associations will have to provide, among other things, information about parking or garage spaces, any open violations noticed to the owner or mortgagee, and contact information for all insurance maintained by the association.

“While the law appears strict on its face, the intent behind the law is to provide more uniformity to the estoppel process in order to help buyers and sellers expedite their closings.

“If you or your association have any questions about this new law, please give me a call at 239- 344-1231 or email me at michael.lehnert@henlaw.com.”

Sanibel Independence Day Special Events – July 4th

Free Pancake Breakfast – 7 to 9 a.m. at Sanibel Community Church.

27th Island Independence Day Parade – at 9:30 a.m. “Preserving the Red, White, and Blue”, parade begins at Tarpon Bay Rd in front of Bailey’s Center & heads down Periwinkle to Casa Ybel Rd. (A few favorite photos from the 2015 parade shown above.)

Celebration at Jerry’s – after parade until 2:30 p.m. with waterslide, food & refreshments.

38th Annual Sanibel-Captiva Road Rally – at noon from Timbers Restaurant parking lot. Sponsored by Sanibel-Captiva Optimist Club with proceeds to benefit local scholarships.

Fireworks – at 9 p.m. rain or shine, launched from bay end of Bailey’s Rd, best viewing from causeway or bay side.

NOTE: Possession & discharge of fireworks on Sanibel are illegal & strictly enforced.

SanibelSusan Realty Associates

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

The team is off on Tuesday for the holiday, but I will have the office open early for those wanting a cool spot for parade watching. Will be zipping up before noon though, to participate in the Road Rally.

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Waiting for the parade to begin July 4, 2015

waving flagBest wishes from all of us for a safe and happy July 4th holiday.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity June 23-30, 2017

Sanibel

CONDOS

3 new listings: Blind Pass #B105 2/2 $464.9K, Sundial West #B108 1/1 $469K, Sundial West #H406 2/2 $789K.

8 price changes: Seashells #11 2/2 now $350K, Ibis at The Sanctuary #B302 2/2 now $479K, Breakers West #A5 2/2 now $509K, Sanibel Arms West #G7 2/2 now $529K, Cottage Colony West #138 1/1 now $575K, Sunset South #1C 2/2 now $685K, Pointe Santo #D6 2/2 now $699K, Pine Cove #102 3/2 now $1.299M.

1 new sale: Mariner Pointe #1412 1/1 listed at $334K.

3 closed sales: Tennisplace #C21 2/1.5 $329K, Seashells #38 2/2 $345K, Pointe Santo #B23 2/2 $735K.

HOMES

1 new listing: 1043 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 $899K.

2 price changes: 1390 Middle Gulf Dr 3/3 half-duplex now $509K, 514 Kinzie Island Ct 4/5 now $1.995M.

4 new sales: 1212 Par View Dr 2/2 listed at $548K, 5056 Joewood Dr 3/2 listed at $759K, 1294 Par View Dr 3/2.5 listed at $929K, 1237 Isabel Dr 5/6.5 listed at $2.18M.

2 closed sales: 769 Pyrula Ave 3/3.5 $ 1.25M, 696 Kinzie Island Ct 4/5 $1.8M.

LOTS

1 new listing: 6027 Dinkins Lake Rd $249.8K.

1 price change: 1311 Par View Dr now $276K.

No new or closed sales.

Captiva

CONDOS

2 new listings: Beach Villas #2623 1/1 $530K, Beach Villas #2514 2/2 $609K.

No price changes, new or closed sales.

HOMES

No new listings or price changes.

2 new sales: 4 Sunset Captiva Ln 3/2.5 listed at $2.345M, 16979 Captiva Dr 7/6.5 listed at $3.998M.

1 closed sale: 16464 Captiva Dr 8/8.5 $5.25M.

LOTS

Nothing to report.

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

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Yippee! It’s sunny again on Sanibel Island!


beach 2017-05-23There are a lot of smiling faces on Sanibel today. After more rainy days earlier in the week, it could be that island weather is back to typical “rainy season” – just occasional showers.

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We saw lots of sunshine both yesterday and today, so even the weekly visitors leaving tomorrow are happy.

At The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors®

Sanibel realtors logoYesterday was the June Membership Breakfast Meeting at the islands’ Association of Realtors®. Attendance was light, but the speaker was terrific – my friend, Fort Myers Beach Realtor® Cynthia Shafer.

bed clip artShe told the group about the Bedz for Kidz Program, a non-profit that she founded in 2001 on behalf of the local court’s Guardian ad Litem Program. As a GAL volunteer advocate, Cynthia discovered that sometimes children being relocated to a new living situation do not have their own bed. Caring people sometimes willing to take in a vulnerable child may lack the resources to provide them with their own bed. So since 2001, Cynthia and her husband have provided nearly 3,000 beds to those needy children in our five-county area. They have spent essentially every Saturday during those years, personally handling the delivery and assembly. As Cynthia says, “my husband has power tools”. Currently, particularly in need of colorful patterned twin sheets (like Batman, princesses, minions, etc.) and solid color crib sheets, those are the items that the Association will be collecting during the month of July to donate to Bedz for Kidz.

There were not a lot of new real estate announcements – new listings or new sales, but we are thankful to have one of each. The following Caravan tour of new properties only had one property open. The next Caravan meeting is June 29.

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

Island Estimated Property Valuations Increase

LeePALogoHeading from a front-page article in June 7, “Islander” which says:

“The City of Sanibel property values have once again risen, an estimated 5.87%, over last year. The numbers will not be finalized until July 1 when the preliminary values, which are sent to the state, are set.

“The total taxable value in Sanibel is estimated at $5.031 billion up from the $4.752 billion final figure in 2016. Overall, Lee County’s estimated overall taxable value went up to 6.56%….

“”This is the start of the season where we are required to notify all the taxing authorities what they can look forward to in property values,” said Kenneth Wilkinson, Lee County Property Appraiser. “It tells them what they can set for the millage.” Wilkinson’s office has analyzed the market activity for all of 2016 and the numbers are based on what they were as of January 1, 2017.

“Once the preliminary numbers are set, Wilkinson will also give taxing authorities a rollback millage rate, what cities can lower the millage to so it can get the same money. ”It tells taxpayers who is raising taxes and by how much,” Wilkinson said.

“Fort Myers estimated valuation increased 8.09%, Cape Coral increased by 7.87%, Fort Myers Beach was up 4.84%, Bonita Springs increased 5.93%, and Estero went up to 4.64%.

“Obviously we have not risen at the same level as our neighboring communities, but we didn’t fall as much as our neighboring communities. It’s nice to get a little boost,” City Council member Mick Denham said. He said they are not quite sure what the data means to them quite yet due to the budget process getting underway. “This is not going to make a large difference to the way we think. We don’t have the growth in redevelopment here, or new properties like the rest of Lee County enjoys. We expect our revenue to be relatively flat over the next few years. We don’t have the space. We are built out,” Denham said.

“Wilkinson said all the numbers will likely change between now and July 1, which in recent years have trended upward. Those figures will be sent to Tallahassee for state approval. Winkinson said he has never had an assessment declined by the state.

“TRIM notices are mailed to property owners in August. Property owners will then have 25 days to resolve any disagreement in value with the property appraiser.”

The county tax appraiser’s web site, www.leepa.org is user-friendly and has more info.

Island Inn Breaks Ground on New Matthews Lodge

Island Inn Sanibel OfficeArticle from today’s Santiva Chronicle on-line regarding Island Inn:

Built in 1895, …the historic Island Inn has launched the next phase of its refurbishment program with the replacement of the Matthews Lodge.

The multi-million-dollar investment will transform the 55-year-old, 12-unit concrete block building into a dozen Gulf-view luxury suites.…The revitalized Matthews Lodge suites, set to open in January 2018, will be designed with a large private screened balcony, living and dining room, full kitchen, custom tile floors, updated bath, personal wet bar, spacious bedroom, queen pull-out sofa and necessary electronics – all in 600 square-feet….”

sancap GO MLS logoSanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity June 9-16, 2017

Sanibel

CONDOS

2 new listings: Sanibel Arms West #I3 2/2 $519K, Gulf Beach #102 2/2 $799K (our listing).

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Gulf Beach condos beach path

 

2 price changes: Loggerhead Cay #342 2/2 now $594K, Nutmeg Village #313 2/2 now $999K.

2 new sales: Tennisplace #C21 2/1.5 listed at $339,555, By-The-Sea #C302 2/2 listed at $1.495M.

5 closed sales: Sandalfoot #4C3 2/2 $635K, Sunset South #2A 2/2 $672.5K, Kings Crown #208 2/2 $670K, Pointe Santo #B25 2/2 $715K, Kings Crown #106 2/2 $820K.

HOMES

1 new listing: 981 Main St 4/2.5 $689K.

7 price changes: 3021 Singing Wind Dr 3/2 now $495K; 1943 Sanibel Bayou Rd 3/3 now $699.5K; 563 Hideaway Ct 3/2 now $749K; 673 East Rocks Dr 3/2 now $749,888; 655 Anchor Dr 3/3 now $789K; 5657 Sanibel-Captiva Rd 3/2 now $975K; 1672 Hibiscus Dr 3/2 now $1.299M.

4 new sales: 215 Palm Lake Dr 3/2 listed at $699.9K (our buyer), 765 Conch Ct 5/4 listed at $939K, 518 N Yachtsman Dr 3/3 listed at $1.345M, 3402 West Gulf Dr 3/2 listed at $1.65M.

5 closed sales: 1585 Serenity Ln 3/3 $505K, 755 Pen Shell Dr 3/2 $785K, 941 Pecten Ct 3/2 $882K, 4428 Waters Edge Ln 3/2.5 $1.06M, 615 Lighthouse Way 3/3.5 $2,176,250.

LOTS

No new listings.

1 price change: 1311 Par View Dr now $278K.

3 new sales: 2529 Wulfert Rd listed at $300K, 9023 Mockingbird Dr listed at $389K, 2479 Harbour Ln listed at $535K.

No closed sales.

Captiva

CONDOS

No new listings.

1 price change: Beach Homes #8 4/3 now $2.625M.

1 new sale: Beach Villas #2525 2/2 listed at $639K.

3 closed sales: Tennis Villas #3125 1/1 $233K, Beach Homes #29 4/4 $1.9M, Beach Homes #9 4/3.5 $2.95M.

HOMES & LOTS

Nothing to report

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

Until next Friday, wishing you sunshine too & a Happy Fathers’ Day weekend!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

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It’s Another Happy Friday at SanibelSusan Realty


SanibelSusan here, with the first report in a long time of a cloudy Friday. Following a picture-perfect holiday weekend when the causeway and beaches were busy with families and vacationers, it has been a nice, though quiet week.

At SanibelSusan Realty Associates

Not as busy as we’d like it though at SanibelSusan Realty. Good weather often keeps phones from ringing, but our listings did get a few showings. teammate Dave accompanied a couple of home inspections, and I showed homes most of Wednesday, while yesterday following our Association of Realtors® meeting, Dave and Elise covered our Caravan Open House, I chaired a meeting at the Association office, we had a good closing, and then Dave was out showing condos too, including our new listing. This afternoon, Dave’s back to holding another Open House, while Elise’s weekly report of the action posted in the Sanibel and Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service since last Friday follows a few news items below. You’ll probably notice, there was no real estate action on Captiva. That’s unusual.

We had a surprise visit this morning from a family here on vacation. They bought their home through us five years ago and it is always such a treat when we get an update from them. Dad Scott is a terrific photographer and follows my blog. It was great to get his reminder that I may always share the pictures he posts on-line. Their bay-front home has probably one of the most active osprey nests on the island and he said that the last of the three fledglings in the nest this year was hesitant to make its first flight. As a result, he got some terrific close-up shots before it finally used its wings. Thanks for sharing, Scott!

At the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors

SanCapAssnLogoThough attendance was light at our Association of Realtors® meeting yesterday, our new CEO was given a rousing applause. Bill Robinson who joined our Association in 2012 and been promoted to MLS Director and Chief Operating Officer, was announced as our new Chief Executive Officer, replacing Peggy Hummel who will retire at the end of August.

A handful of new sales were announced. I got a thank you for bringing the buyer for Anchor Pointe #C and I gave a thank you to the Realtor® bringing the buyer to Lighthouse Point #129. Just seven properties were on the Caravan that followed, including our new listing at The Sanctuary, Ibis #B102. (Photos of Ibis #B102 below.)

CEO’s Bill and Peggy both later participated in our Communications & Public Relations Committee meeting. Big props to Bill for getting my press release in the “Santiva-Chronicle” within hours of submission. Check out our June 1 progress report on this year’s “Association of Realtors® Working Together to Make A Difference” campaign at http://santivachronicle.com/Content/Business-News/Business/Article/Realtors-Members-Made-a-Difference-in-May/13/32/6604

Here Comes The Rainy Season

Sanibelcityseal logoThe rainy season finally is here, with occasional showers expected for a least the next seven days. Though we need the water, it’s always a bit of downer when clear bay and gulf waters get stirred up by storms. We also are always hoping that we don’t get too much rain or water quality can be affected.

To illustrate, Jim Szabo with SanCap Aerial Photography has been taking aerials of the island for many months. On Memorial Day, his Facebook posting next to a stunning post-card like photo, said “Our water around Sanibel is amazingly beautiful. I take weekly 360° interactive panoramic images exclusively for the City of Sanibel.” Then he described that the one posted was taken around 12:30 p.m. at 350 feet above the lighthouse using his airborne camera system.

His message further says, “The City of Sanibel does this to show the current conditions, good or bad, for almost the last year. Toward the end of June, we will be able to compare current conditions to a year ago. Big thanks to the City of Sanibel for doing this.”

His images can be seen at http://www.mysanibel.com/Departments/Natural-Resources/Protecting-Our-Water-Quality/Sanibel-H2O-Matters. Scroll down when you get to that page and you will see links to weekly panoramic aerials taken at Lighthouse Beach Park going back to June 28, 2016. (Check out the difference between early and late June last year, it’s amazing.) There also are some taken from Gulfside City Park, Blind Pass, Clam Bayou, and the Causeway.

20 Questions To Ask When Buying a Condo

Buying or selling, it’s good to be aware of these questions and how they apply to a property.This provided courtesy of FloridaRealtors®.

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Sanibel School Tops District on State Test

sanibel schoolMany of us wish we’d found Sanibel when our families were young. The Sanibel School is one of the reasons why.

As reported in this week’s “Islander”, “The Sanibel School was one of two schools in the district that had 97% of its third-grade students score a three or higher on the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) English Language Arts test.” This is an increase from last year’s 94%. The state percentage was 58%, compared to 54% last year. This is the third year that students in the county have taken the FSA. Although the Sanibel School tied with Pine Island Elementary School, their overall score was highest at 325, compared to their 318.

Congratulations to The Sanibel School for focusing on lots of reading. The school has offered a reading roundup for kids who were struggling, by offering more reading time during the school day. F.I.S.H. also sponsored after school tutoring to any student needing extra help.

The local district ranked third out of 10 mega districts in the State of Florida based on this last English Language Arts test.

Shell Mueum to Hold Bunche Beach Clean-Up

bailey-mathews shell museum signThe Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum will celebrate World Oceans Day on Wed, June 8 from 7 to 9 a.m. when museum staff and their Shell Ambassadors will hold a clean-up at Bunche Beach (at 18201 John Morris Rd). The public is invited to participate.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. uses 380 billion plastic bags per year and only 3% of that is recycled. This is the first time that the Museum has participated in World Oceans Day, but not the first time they have held a clean-up at Bunche Beach. It was selected instead of Sanibel because it seems to be more of a hotspot for trash and debris. If you can help with the clean-up, please register with Stefanie at SWolf@shellmuseum.org. Their tips for cutting down on plastic:

  • Use a reusable bag.
  • Use a reusable water bottle.
  • Say no to straws.
  • Bring your own containers for take-out/leftover food.
  • Stop chewing gum (it contains a molecule that is used in making plastic).
  • Shop local farmer’s markets.

Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity May 26-June 2, 2017

Sanibel

CONDOS

2 new listings: Sanddollar #B301 2/2 $1.149M, Sanddollar #A303 3/2 $1.349M.

4 price changes: Loggerhead Cay #371 2/2 now $529K, Lighthouse Point #211 2/2 now $629K, Pine Cove #102 3/2 now $1.315M, High Tide #A102 3/2.5 now $1.495M.

No new sales.

5 closed sales: Sundial West #D403 1/1 $420K, Sunset South #10C 2/2 $725K, Beachcomber #A102 2/2 $1.25M (our listing), Tamarind #A102 2/2 $1.495M, Somerset #E202 3/2.5 $1.54M.

HOMES

3 new listings: 9409 Moonlight Dr 3/2.5 $599K, 9459 Begonia Ct 3/4 $649K, 5280 Umbrella Pool Rd 3/3 $729K.

5 price changes: 3008 Singing Wind Dr 2/2 now $449K; 1817 Atlanta Plaza Dr 3/2 now $449.9K; 1710 Sand Pebble Way 3/2 now $679K; 673 East Rocks Dr 3/2 now $768,885; 601 Sea Oats Dr 3/2 now $685K.

4 new sales: 986 Sand Castle Rd 3/3 half-duplex listed at $529K, 746 Cardium St 4/2 duplex listed at $729K, 1809 Bowmans Beach Rd 3/2 listed at $799.9K, 1475 Angel Dr 3/4.5 listed at $1.649M.

5 closed sales: 770 Donax St 2/2 $422.5K; 1747 Serenity Ln 3/2 $490,723; 1210 Par View Dr 4/2 $680K; 1028 Demere Ln 3/2 $892.5K; 2451 Blind Pass Ct 4/4.5 $1.81M.

LOTS

No new listings.

1 price change: 2998 Singing Wind Dr now $189K.

No new sales.

1 closed sale: 5121 Sanibel-Captiva Rd $180K.

Captiva

No activity to report.

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

Until next Friday,happy friday

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

Coming up on Memorial Day 2017 on Sanibel


It is SanibelSusan with another Friday update about the island real estate market, weather, and more. Though the long weekend essentially is here, the island remains quiet. Maybe tomorrow will bring more visitors with rental check-ins.

Beach

On Periwinkle Way, there has been little traffic, even during Sanibel rush hour, except on Wednesday when right at quitting time a quick, but huge, downpour hit. Southwest Florida had been under a severe weather watch from midday (until 11 p.m. that night), but a couple of much-needed showers were all that was received. Forecasters say that was because of a cool front that passed through. That means lower humidity and temperatures only into the mid- to high-80’s expected for the holiday weekend. Growing up in Maine, it still cracks me up when I hear about a Florida cool front in the 80’s.

junonia 05-25-17After the high winds and unusually big waves with that Wednesday storm, shelling reports are that “it’s outstanding”. Plenty of live ones reported on the beach, with most conscientious shellers returning them to the water. A huge perfect junonia shell was found yesterday at Lighthouse Point beach. Experienced shellers say those live junonia shells are about 10 miles off shore, so it’s unusual for an empty one to make it to shore unscathed. After 30 years shelling, I’m still looking.

SanibelSusan Realty Happenings

Sanibelsusan LogoJust because Realtor® Caravan has reverted to every other week, doesn’t mean there is no real estate action.

This week our listings had just a couple of showings with more scheduled this weekend. The activity posted in the Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service since last Friday follows a couple of news items below. We had another nice condo sale this week and a new listing today at The Sanctuary. More on that in the days to come, including hosting an Open House during Caravan next Thursday.

ASSOC LogoThe team gets a day off for the Monday holiday, but I’ll be manning the fort then – hoping to hear from buyers and Realtors® interested in our listings – also updating the two classes I will be instructing for the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Specialist Designation in early June. This year, I’m teaching both the Resort & 2nd Home Property segment and the Condo Market segment.

Sanibel farmers market bikeLast Sanibel Farmers’ Market

Sanibel’s last Farmers’ Market of the season is Sunday on the grounds of City Hall from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. It’s always a long summer before the market reopens in October.

Workshop Options for Center-4-Life

Front page news in both the “Island Sun” and the “Islander” this week, was the meeting last Wednesday of a workshop hosted by Sanibel City Council to discuss the future of the City’s Center-4-Life facility.

Sanibelcityseal logoThe Center’s current building at the corner of Library Way and Palm Ridge Road was assessed for refurbishment five years ago during the initial planning phases of the Civic & Cultural Core project. Now that that project is tabled, the purpose of Wednesday’s meeting was for council to learn about the Center-4-Life’s needs today. They received an architectural presentation and one by City Recreation Dept Director which included information on the facility’s participation levels, trends, space needs, expansion alternatives, and an analysis of the current site.

Originally the Sanibel Library, the current Center-4-Life building was enlarged at least twice when it was the library – 1st in 1977 and again in 1983. Today the Center-4-Life provides such island seniors with such activities as land aerobics, yoga, card games, cooking socials, educational classes, and special presentations.

Membership has grown annually and last year exceeded 8,000 members. To accommodate the increased demand for additional programming presenters estimated the building needs to be expanded to 7,500 sq. ft. Five options were provided:

  1. Retain the status quo
  2. Renovate in place with CHR remaining (this is office space for Community Housing Resources, which the City is obligated to fund),
  3. Renovate in place with CHR relocating
  4. Rebuild on current site
  5. Build a new facility on a different site.

Councilors weighed in on all options, with options 4 and 5 receiving their support. Estimates were requested for new buildings, with another workshop expected after staff review, maybe in August, with the final decision ultimately up taxpayers. Stay tuned.

Library Renovation Begins

sanibel-library-logoSanibel Public Library has started the first phase of their Your Library Reimagined project. From Monday through Friday next week (May 29-June 2), the building will be closed to the public while the interior is prepared for the project. It will reopen Saturday June 3 from 9 to 1 p.m. During the down-time the facility is being reconfigured to provide library services during remodeling. During the summer, some of the building will be closed to the public while the infrastructure is updated. The library will provide service during most of the renovation time, but occasionally may close when utility or plumbing work is being done.

sanibel libraryThe goal is to provide more space, appeal, and usefulness for users. The Sanibel Public Library began with a group of volunteers in the 60’s and currently is in its 3rd home, at 770 Dunlop Road which opened in 1994. In 2004, the building was expanded to its current size. Upgrades now are to replace much of the infrastructure, HVAC, fire suppression, plumbing, lighting, technology, and flooring. The project has been in the planning stages since 2015 with public input. The library board has set a budget of $5.9 million with the cost covered by library reserves, grants, and gifts.

Blind Pass Project Complete

Blind%20Pass%20Aerial%202016.jpgThe Blind Pas maintenance dredging project neared completion this week with the final work expected to be done today. Demobilization of the equipment will take place between tomorrow and June 1. The sand dredged from the pass and deposited on Sanibel to re-nourish some of the beach will be tilled on June 1. More info at www.leegov.com/naturalresources/blind-pass-2017-construction

sancap GO MLS logoSanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity May 19-26, 2017

Sanibel

CONDOS

2 new listings: Ibis at The Sanctuary #B102 2/2 $470K (our listing) (building & pool shown below), Sand Pointe #228 2/2 $799K.

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3 price changes: Mariner Pointe #811 2/2 now $449K, Tarpon Beach #103 2/2 now $775K, Royale Tern #103 3/3.5 now $1.675M.

5 new sales: Captains Walk #A1 2/1 listed at $338K, Seashells #38 2/2 listed at $349K, Lighthouse Point #129 3/2 listed at $574K (our listing) (Lighthouse Point condo complex shown below), Sanibel Seaview #B2 3/3 listed at $1.489M, High Tide #A302 3/2 listed at $1.675M.

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3 closed sales: Seashells #3 2/2 $377.5K, Pointe Santo #C36 2/2 $775K, Sundial West #A308 2/2 $775K.

HOMES

1 new listing: 746 Cardium St 4/2 duplex $729K.

12 price changes: 1447 Albatross Rd 3/2 now $529K; 376 Lake Murex Blvd 3/2 now $576.9K; 3784 Coquina Dr 3/3 now $636.9K; 673 East Rocks Dr 3/2 now $779,888; 5306 Umbrella Pool Rd 4/3 now $845K; 655 Anchor Dr 3/3 now $849K; 1294 Par View Dr 3/2.5 now $929K; 1743 Venus Dr 4/3.5 now $1.68M; 1137 Golden Olive Ct 5/3.5 now $1.794.5M; 984 Oyster Ct 3/3.5 now $1.799M; 5606 Baltusrol Ct 4/6 now $2.895M; 3869 West Gulf Dr 6/7/2 now $8.495M.

7 new sales: 5308 Umbrella Pool Rd 3/2 listed at $578K, 5105 Sanibel-Captiva Rd 4/3 listed at $624.9K, 1036 S Yachtsman Dr 3/3 listed at $624.9K, 5056 Joewood Dr 3/2 listed at $759K, 1234 Middle Gulf Dr 3/3 listed at $1.149M, 513 Lighthouse Way 3/3 listed at $1.595M, 696 Kinzie Island Ct 4/5 listed at $2.15M.

5 closed sales: 1602 Serenity Ln 4/2 $438K, 1895 Farm Trl 3/2 $580K, 1429 Jamaica Dr 3/3 $664.9K, 2629 Coconut Dr 2/3 $767K, 863 Lindgren Blvd 3/2 $950K.

LOTS

2 new listings: 486 Ponce De Leon Rd $199K, 1340 Eagle Run Dr $299K.

2 price changes: 5126 Sea Bell Rd now $174.5K, 5116 Sea Bell Rd now $174.5K.

No new or closed sales.

Captiva

CONDOS

1 new listing: Beach Villas #2617 1/1 $499K.

No price changes.

1 new sale: Sunset Beach Villas #2318 2/2 listed at $595K.

No closed sales.

HOMES

1 new listing: 11509 Chapin Ln $2.299M.

1 price change: 11521 Andy Rosse Ln now $2.799M.

No new sales.

1 closed sale: 11520 Wightman Ln 3/2 $2.3M.

LOTS

Nothing to report.

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

Memorial DayHappy Memorial Day all & a big thank you to those who have & who continue to serve & protect us!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan