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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Sea Turtles, Shells, Sunshine = Sanibel Summer


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Hooray for a week of nice weather in sunny Southwest Florida – an occasional few raindrops here and there, but not enough to disturb those enjoying the outdoors. Shelling continues to be excellent with local papers still posting multiple photos of happy junonia finders.junonia shell

About the only negative we’ve heard lately is about mosquitoes and noseeums. A good reason to lather up if you plan to be on the beaches and waterways at sunup or sundown.

No Caravan Meeting this week at the islands Association of Realtors® and not much real estate action was posted in the local Multiple Listing Service. That MLS activity follows a couple of news items below.

Florida Voters to Consider Permanent Cap on Annual Non-Homestead Property Tax Assessments

henderson-franklinGood article on-line today (June 23, 2017) in “Legal Scoop on Southwest Florida Real Estate” by Austin Turner of Henderson Franklin, Attorneys at Law:

“With Florida’s 2017 Regular Session officially adjourned on May 8, 2017, only 203 bills (of the total 1,606 general bills filed) survived both chambers of the Legislature.

“From the handful of legislation that ultimately passed this year, Joint Resolution CS/HJR 21 was enacted. This resolution proposes an amendment to the State’s Constitution that would limit a local government’s authority to assess non-homestead real property for purposes of ad valorem taxation.\

Background – Under Florida’s Constitution, ad valorem taxation is expressly reserved to local governments. The state is prohibited from levying ad valorem taxes on real and tangible personal property.

When preparing an annual assessment, the State Constitution also generally requires that all property be assessed at just value (i.e., market value) on January 1st of each year. Thereafter, such assessments are used to calculate property taxes to fund counties, municipalities, district school boards and certain special districts.

Florida’s Existing Limitations on Assessments for Non-Homestead Property –For real property that has not qualified for a homestead exemption under the applicable provisions of ch.196, Florida Statutes, Florida’s voters approved a 2008 constitutional amendment which now limits the authority of local governments to increase non-homestead property tax assessments in excess of 10% each year (not applicable to school board assessments, years following a qualified improvement, or any year property undergoes a change in ownership or control).

“Under the provisions previously approved by the 2008 amendment, Florida’s annual limitation on increases for non-homestead assessments is scheduled to expire on January 1, 2019.

CS/HJR 21 – Following the Legislature’s recent passage of Joint Resolution CS/HJR 21, a new constitutional amendment will now be proposed to Florida’s voters during the 2018 general election which, if approved by a supermajority (60%) of voters, will permanently extend our state’s current 10% annual cap on non-homestead ad valorem tax assessments.

So What’s the Legal Scoop? As this legislation will not be subject to a gubernatorial veto, Florida’s new constitutional amendment will become effective on January 1, 2019, if it is approved by the 2018 electorate.

Given the number of flourishing local businesses, vacation rentals, and secondary homes throughout Southwest Florida, which have recently benefitted from the 10% annual cap on non-homestead ad valorem assessments, a strong voter turnout in support of this measure is expected in 2018.

“If you have any general questions regarding ad valorem property taxes in Florida or the recent approval of CS/HJR 21, please feel free to contact Austin at 239-344-1178 or via email at austin.turner@henlaw.com.”

Sea Turtle Nesting Season Is On a Roll

Loggerhead turtleFrom an email last Friday, Jun 16, from SCCF (Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation):

“We now have a total of 8 green sea turtle nests, including one on the East End! We also have 363 loggerhead nests (262 on Sanibel and 101 on Captiva).

“We’ve been extremely busy in the best way possible. Last week our night team, who have been tagging loggerheads after nesting, have seen 31 individuals, including 8 recaptures. On Thursday of last week, they encountered 11 sea turtles in one night – a record for SCCF!

sea-turtle-eggs“And early today we put a satellite transmitter on our third green sea turtle! She nested very late in the night and our team was able to release her this morning. SCCF is grateful that Dave Addison from the Conservancy of Southwest Florida invited us to participate in this project. Doing so will allow us to learn more about the greens nesting in Southwest Florida.

“Please remember to share the beach with these amazing creatures by turning off all lights on the beach (including cell phone lights), bringing in beach furniture, and filling in any holes. “Here are the nest counts as of today (6/17/2017:

Loggerhead Nests – Sanibel East 67, Sanibel West 195, Captiva 101, Total 363

Green Nests – Sanibel East 1, Sanibel West 7, Captiva 0, Total 8

Loggerhead False Crawls – Sanibel East 144, Sanibel West 285, Captiva 88, Total 517

Green False Crawls – Sanibel East 0, Sanibel West 5, Captiva 0, Total 5.”

Owners, Appraisers Disagree on Home Values

Quicken Loans logoiAs posted in “Daily Real Estate News” last Thurs, June 15, 2017:

“Homeowners feel like their homes are worth more than what appraisers say they are, and the gap between the two estimated values has grown for the 6th consecutive month, according to Quicken Loans’ National Home Price Perception Index.

“Appraised values were, on average, 1.93% lower than what homeowners expected, according to the index. Appraisals are drifting farther from owner estimates, even though their assessments continue to rise higher each month, the index shows.”

On island, with business so seasonal and appraisers needing to use recent comparables, it can be challenging getting good appraisals in late summer/fall. It’s always important for owners to recognize that location often plays the major role in an appraisal. The “where it is”, can influence the value, more than the “what it is”. In most cases, values are based on what a consumer has paid, rather than replacement cost.

Sanibel Boat Ramp Rehab

Sanibelcityseal logoCity construction of the Sanibel boat ramp rehabilitation project at 888 Sextant Dr (next to the causeway bridge) begins Wed, July 5. The boat ramp will be closed from then until Fri, Sep 8, provided the weather cooperates. The picnic areas and rest rooms will stay open. Residents/visitors are encouraged to use the Punta Rassa boat ramp (next to the toll booth) during this time. Lee County Parks and Recreation has an agreement with the City of Sanibel to honor Sanibel’s “C” parking permits during this time.

Upcoming Island Holiday Fun

Indoor Mini-Golf – July 1, 2, 3 at The Community House. 9 holes for $3 with tee times from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Holiday Hog Roast – July 1 at The Community House from 5 to 8 p.m. Proceeds to benefit the newly renovated facility. $10 for adults. $5 for children under 12 for hot dog meal.

27th Island Independence Day Parade – July 4 at 9:30 a.m. Begins at Bailey’s Center & heads down Periwinkle to Casa Ybel Rd. Commemorative tee shirts and tank tops available now at Bank of the Islands. This year’s theme “Preserving the Red, White, & Blue”. A few photos below of the Bailey’s Store entries from last year’s parade.

38th Annual Sanibel-Captiva Road Rally – July 4 at noon from Timbers Restaurant parking lot – register early at http://www.SanCapOptimist.org.

Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity June 16 – 23, 2017

sancap GO MLS logoSanibel

CONDOS

5 new listings: Seashells #40 2/2 $369.9K; Sanctuary Golf Villages #6-2 2/2.5 $649K; Snug Harbor #211 2/2 $799,999; Pointe Santo #E23 2/2 $1.05M; Gulfside Place #124 2/2 $1.25M.

2 price changes: Seashells #11 2/2 now $359K, Nutmeg Village #211 2/2 now $675K.

4 new sales: Tennisplace #A31 2/1.5 listed at $299K, Tennisplace #C21 2/1.5 listed at $339,555, Blind Pass #F210 2/2 listed at $459K, Sanibel Arms West #I3 2/2 listed at $519K.

2 closed sales: Sanibel Arms West #H4 2/2 $515K, Sundial East #T202 2/2 $799K.

HOMES

No new listings.

2 price changes: 673 East Rocks Dr 3/2 now $749,888; 4995 Joewood Dr 4/3 now $2.695M.

2 new sales: 976 Sand Castle Rd 3/3 half-duplex listed at $489K, 1918 Ibis Ln 3/3 listed at $629K..

9 closed sales: 4239 Gulf Pines Dr 3/2 $500K, 2154 Egret Cir 3/2 $525K, 5105 Sanibel-Captiva Rd 4/3 $600K, 1862 Farm Trl 3/2 $635K, 1114 Sabal St 2/2 $670K, 5739 Pine Tree Dr 3/2 $750K, 687 Anchor Dr 4/3 $1.235M, 513 Lighthouse Way 3/3 $1.45M, 4190 Dingman Dr 4/3.5 $1.825M.

LOTS

1 new listing: 9226 Kincaid Ct $190K.

1 price change: 1311 Par View Dr now $277K.

1 new sale: 2441 & 2453 Los Colony Rd listed at $179K.

No closed sales.

Captiva

CONDOS

No new listings or price changes.

2 new sales: Tennis Villas #3127 1/1 listed at $260K, Beach Homes #9 4/3.5 listed at $2.95M.

No closed sales.

HOMES

No new listings.

1 price change: 43 Oster Ct 2/2.5 now $819K.

No new or 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.)

17.Until next Friday, hope you enjoy your summer!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

 

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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Rain, Rain Went Away, But Probably Not For Long


It’s Susan with another Friday report from now-sunny Sanibel. This time of the year, it’s hard to know when a shower may surprise us. As they say in Florida during the summer, “if you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute.” Here’s more info.

The Rainy Season Is Here

sun & rainNo doubt about it this week, the rainy season has begun and we have the mosquitoes to prove it. With serious showers over much of the state this week, the rain has put the Caloosahatchee and the estuary in a good place and given water managers a bit of relief. Local papers are reporting that Sanibel’s Director of Natural Resources, James Evans said, “The near-term perspective is very good.”

During the last 18 months, the Caloosahatchee estuary, San Carlos Bay, and the islands’ gulf beaches have seen both ends of the spectrum. From the heavy rains in January 2016, estuaries on both coasts were negatively affected when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released high flows of water from Lake Okeechobee.

Then it stopped raining, Lake O’s water level dropped, and water releases from the lake were less than enough to keep proper salinity in the local estuary. The low flows also have had the effect of excellent water clarity in the bay and beaches evidenced all over social media the last couple of weeks, with photos posted of glistening clear water – better some say than they ever remember seeing it.

Early June West wind beach

As Director Evans recently reported to City Council, “Water clarity is good at this time as a result of the reduced flows,” he said. “With the rain, we will see flows increase and we probably will get more water than we want. Low flows are not great for salinity levels, but they are great for water clarity.”

“When the lake falls to a low level, it becomes a water supply issue,” Evans told City Council. Water releases down the Caloosahatchee River, on this coast, and St. Lucie River, on the Atlantic side, are at the bottom of the release food chain. The water district controls lake releases for agricultural, commercial and residential interests. After those are met, it is decided how much water the Corps of Engineers will allow down the two rivers.

With the lake still low and rainy season just beginning, both the water district and the Corps of Engineers may soon have enough flexibility to take care of all interests, including the estuaries. But this opportunity is rare, which is why it is important to continue to push to establish water storage areas on all sides of Lake Okeechobee. Storage areas would allow water to be held in rainy times and released in dry times.

mosquito-clip-art-mosquito-clipart-6In the meantime, locals are looking forward to tonight when evening flyovers by Lee County Mosquito Control are scheduled.

As posted yesterday on the City’s web site: “If you are experiencing a high number of mosquitoes at your residence, please make a service request by clicking on this link http://www.angwatechnology.com/lee_devel/PublicServiceRequest/ or contact the LCMCD directly at (239) 694-2174.  If the LCMCD receives complaints from a specific area or neighborhood, the District dispatches personnel to conduct a mosquito count and if warranted, will fog or spray the area.

“For additional information regarding mosquito control on Sanibel, please visit the Lee County Mosquito Control District’s website at http://www.lcmcd.com

At SanibelSusan Realty Associates

SanibelSusan Realty from Periwinkle WayAt the office, in addition to all of us playing post-season catch-up, Dave and I both have been working toward some new sales and checking off the boxes on some contracts that are in the pipeline. The activity posted in the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service since last Friday follows a few other news items below.

At the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors

SanCapAssnLogoThough we had no local Association of Realtors® Caravan meeting yesterday, this week my Communications and Public Relations Committee got the arrangements worked out and Board approval for an Association-sponsored meal-packaging event – as part of our 2017 “Working Together To Make A Difference Campaign.”.

Over the next few weeks, our goals are to raise the $5,000 and get the manpower needed to package 20,000 nourishing healthy meals for donation to those in need.

meals of hope logoTo be held at Sanibel’s Community House on July 28 from 3 to 5 p.m., island Realtors®, business partners, and their families will man the assembly lines where the direction, supplies, and equipment will be provided by Meals of Hope, who then will distribute the meals to local food pantries.

Teammate Elise and I have participated in these meal packaging events before. Not only are they fast-paced and fun, they are a great way to give back. Food needs are especially high in the summer when schools are out, so please let me know if you would like to contribute or participate – or check out other events at www.Meals-of-Hope.org. (All donations are tax deductible.)

How to Keep Hackers Out

emailAn article posted on “Daily Real Estate News” on line on Wed, offered some advice good for not just Realtors®, but the public too.

“The FBI reports that email phishing accounts for 95% of cybersecurity threats. That’s why client communications are a key component of “cyber hygiene,” legal and law enforcement experts said during the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation’s Cybersecurity Conference in Chicago, which focused on threats to the real estate industry.”

The typical advice to employ complicated passwords and change them often isn’t enough to thwart hackers, according to the FBI special agent, who leads a team of cybercrime watchdogs at the agency’s Chicago field office. He also said that email hacking has become so pervasive that cybercrime now ranks as the FBI’s third-highest priority after terrorism and counterintelligence.

A common practice involves cybercriminals hacking into practitioners’ email accounts and sending fraudulent wire-transfer instructions to their clients. That’s why having a strong email password is so important. Longer passwords are suggested—at least 26 characters—and more secure than making them overly complicated with capital letters and symbols.

Frequently changing passwords also isn’t the best prevention against cybersecurity threats. If you use a pattern that’s easy to guess to update your passwords more frequently, it may give hackers an in to breach your email.

Recommended is using a password management system to store passwords; then you can ensure each one meets security standards without worrying about forgetting them.

Shells – Shells – & More Shells

sundial-logoI had lunch Wednesday at Sundial Resort where the huge waves were crashing on the beach – a sight not often seen in the gulf. It certainly wasn’t good beach weather for sunbathers here on vacation, but a prelude to the continued reports of superb shelling this week. Some long-time island shell-aholics dropped in at the office yesterday and described Sanibel shelling over the last couple of days as “superb”.

It’s not just mosquitoes and “green” grass that have resulted from the recent rain storms, the number of Junonia-finders has increased too.

Sanibel-shells-from-storm-windsThere are five different photos this week in the “Island Sun” alone. Some of us have been looking decades for one of those shells. From Lighthouse Beach to Blind Pass to Clam Bayou, reports are there are more perfect empty shells of many varieties rolling in every day.

Good shelling often is the best part about the rainy season.

Upcoming Events – Planning Ahead

Sat, June 17 – Free Admission Day at Sanibel Historical Village & Museum from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with full guided tour at 10:30 a.m.

4th-of-july-clip-artTues, July 4 – 27th Annual Sanibel Independence Day Parade at 9:30 a.m. Now is the time for entries to sign up. 2017 Parade T-Shirts are available at Bank of the Islands.

Tues July 4 – 38th Annual Road Rally at noon starting/ending at Timbers Restaurant parking lot. More info at http://www.SanCapOptimist.org

Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity June 2-9, 2017

Sanibel

CONDOS

1 new listing: Sundial West #F306 1/1 $465K.

2 price changes: Loggerhead Cay #332 2/2 now $479.5K, Coquina Beach #1D 2/2 now $559.9K.

1 new sale: Loggerhead Cay #592 2/2 listed at $629K.

3 closed sales: Sundial East #L401 2/2 $714K, Sanibel Surfside #225 2/2 $750K, Sundial West #K403 2/2 $875K.

HOMES

2 new listings: 9113 Mockingbird Dr 3/3.5 $649,999; 765 Conch Ct 5/4 $939K.

9 price changes: 9446 Yucca Ct 3/2 now $559K, 376 Lake Murex Blvd 3/2 now $569K, 752/754 Cardium St 4/2 duplex now $599K, 1807 Buckthorn Ln 3/2.5 now $695K, 485 Lake Murex Cir 3/2 now $1.075M, 1426 Causey Ct 3/2.5 now $1.295M, 750 Periwinkle Way 5/4 now $1.75M, 3728 West Gulf Dr 5/5 now $2.395M, 1206 Bay Dr 4/4.5 now $3.727M.

3 new sales: 769 Pyrula 3/2 listed at $599K, 1426 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 listed at $599K, 1032 Lindgren Blvd 3/2.5 listed at $895K.

8 closed sales: 1596 Bunting Ln 2/2 $490K, 1954 Roseate Ln 3/2 $534K, 5308 Umbrella Pool Rd 3/2 $542.5K, 3152 Twin Lakes Ln 3/3 $635K, 1252 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 $659K, 276 Ferry Landing Dr 4/3 $880K, 9019 Mockingbird Dr 4/4 $1.125M, 1757 Venus Dr 4/2.5 $1.74M.

LOTS

No new listings.

2 price changes: 540 East Lake Rd now $169K, 1820 Ardsley Way now $185K.

No new or closed sales.

Captiva

CONDOS

No new listings or price changes.

1 new sale: Bayside Villas #5136 1/2 listed at $315K.

2 closed sales: Beach Villas #2422 1/1 $512K, Gulf Beach Villas #2004 2/2 $590K.

HOMES

No new listings & price changes.

2 new sales: 14980 Binder Dr 4/3 listed at $1.198M, 16464 Captiva Dr 8/8.5 listed at $6.245M.

No closed sales.

LOTS

No new listings, price changes, or new sales.

1 closed sale: 16950 Captiva Dr $2.7M.

(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, Susan Andrews aka SanibelSusan

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.

Lighthouse Point c

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

Blue Skies & Island Real Estate Happenings


It’s SanibelSusan reporting at the end of another quiet week on Sanibel & Captiva Islands. The rainy season has begun with a few puffy pop-corn-like clouds rolling in some afternoons followed by short, sometimes heavy, evening showers. Here are a couple of photos taken yesterday at the new garden area at The West Wind Inn. Those white clouds sure pop against the bright blue sky!

West Wind 1 05-18-17West Wind 2 05-18-17

It sure has been a funny week with weather – not here, but certainly elsewhere. Yesterday, I heard from a friend in Colorado where it was snowing, then another in Maine where it was a stifling 90-some degrees with no ocean breeze. Then last night on the news, there were severe weather alerts issued for the Midwest.

Amazing that spring weather can make it a good time to vacation in Florida. Even before moving to the island 25 years ago, May was one of my favorite months here – with summer-like weather, the rainy season just beginning, traffic light, and occupancy and hotel rates down.

SanibelSusan Realty Associates & Real Estate Happenings

Attendance was light yesterday at the early Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® Caravan Meeting. Some of our leadership team is in Washington DC for the 2017 REALTORS Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo which wraps up tomorrow. Thanks to Association President Joel Goodman, President-Elect Dustyn Corace, & Association COO Bill Robinson who made the trip.

Though I did not go, I was one of the 18 Realtors® from Florida inducted into the RPAC Hall of Fame on Wednesday night.

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SanibelSusanSo, if you get to DC and go to the top of the National Association of Realtors® headquarters building at 500 New Jersey Ave (just 3 blocks from the U.S. Capitol), the roof-top terrace holds the recognition plaques for the now 773 members of the Realtors® Hall of Fame.

Mine, shown at right, says “SanibelSusan Andrews”.

The Realtors® recognized come from 50 states and now include a total of 64 members from Florida. Nationwide, 106 Realtors® were inducted this year for their contributions through 2016. That is the largest annual group yet. Congratulations all!

The action posted in the Sanibel/Captiva Multiple Listing Service (MLS) since last Friday follows a couple of news items below. We had another nice closing! We got a couple of calls this week about listing properties too, so don’t be surprised to soon see some nice new offerings.

What’s Happening With the Island Real Estate Market

sancap GO MLS logoThere is no denying that selling business here is seasonal. Of course, property can be sold at any time of the year, it is just that there always are more sales during the months when the island has the most occupants. The snapshot of statistics below compares sales this year to last. It also shows the comparison of sales in the summer compared to the winter months. (Data from the Sanibel/Captiva MLS.)

SANIBEL CONDOS

#                      Average Price            Days-on-Market

Currently available            97                    $723,879                      205

Under contract                    22                    $805,286                      184

Sold/closed in winter:

1/1-5/18/2017                     62                    $767,193                      193

1/1-5/18/2016                    76                    $770,610                      194

Sold/closed in summer:

5/18-9/1/2016                     29                    $635,540                      287

5/18-9/1/2015                     46                    $619,095                      193

SANIBEL HOMES

#                      Average Price            Days-on-Market

Currently available           168                   $1,552,326                    181

Under contract                   40                    $1,110,892                    155

Sold/closed in winter:

1/1-5/18/2017                     89                    $1,016,615                    149

1/1-5/18/2016                     85                    $1,065,610                    164

Sold/closed in summer:

5/18-9/1/2016                    68                    $870,219                      168

5/18-9/1/2015                    81                    $927,123                      199

SANIBEL LOTS

#                      Average Price            Days-on-Market

Currently available           65                    $536,158                      384

Under contract                   2                      $236,278                      524

Sold/closed in winter:

1/1-5/18/2017                     19                    $373,385                      471

1/1-5/18/2016                     13                    $569,615                      604

Sold/closed in summer:

5/18-9/1/2016                     4                      $631,062                      617

5/18-9/1/2015                    11                    $529,818                      341

The Best Vacation Spot in Every U.S. State

active times logoLooking forward to summer … once again, “Sanibel” has made a list. This one for the best vacation travel spot in each U.S. State. This article is posted on-line at “TheActiveTimes.com”:

“The number of international travel for vacation purposes has dropped and half of trips abroad are to Canada and Mexico. Part of the reason is that the U.S. is a big country with plenty to see. Exotic journeys, peculiar quick escapes, and seaside paradises will inspire a year filled with irreplaceable experiences. Visit unique attractions and see majestic landscapes, visit vibrant cities, view iconic landmarks, and explore national parks.

“From possible solo trips to a beach, exciting couple’s getaways and week-long escapades with the entire family to a secluded island, the vacation spots on the following list were picked due to their recreational and adventurous potential. No two locations are the same.

“There is a state on this list that has everything you wish to experience during a holiday, whether it’s old-school charm, history, serenity, adrenaline-pumping activities, or extreme sports.

“Alabama – The Gulf Shores

Alaska – Anchorage

Arizona – Grand Canyon

Arkansas – Hot Springs National Park

California – Santa Barbara

Colorado – Aspen

Connecticut – Mystic

Delaware – Dewey Beach

Active Sanibel PixFlorida – Sanibel Island

Georgia – Jekyll Island

Hawaii – Kauai

Idaho – Idaho Falls

Illinois – Chicago

Indiana – Indiana Dunes State Park

Iowa – Dubuque

Kansas – Wichita

Kentucky – Cities Along the Bourbon Trail

Louisiana – New Orleans

Maine – Bar Harbor

Maryland – Ocean City

Massachusetts – Cape Cod

Michigan – Grand Haven

Minnesota – Voyagers National Park

Mississippi – Biloxi

Missouri – Branson

Montana – Glacier National Park

Nebraska – Lincoln

Nevada – Las Vegas

New Hampshire – Bretton Woods

New Jersey – Ocean City

New Mexico – Albuquerque

New York – Adirondacks

North Carolina – Asheville

North Dakota – Fargo

Ohio – Cleveland

Oklahoma – Tulsa

Oregon – Astoria

Pennsylvania – Skytop

Rhode Island – Providence

South Carolina – Myrtle Beach

South Dakota – Sioux Falls

Tennessee – Spencer

Texas – Austin

Utah – Salt Lake City

Vermont – Swanton

Virginia – Virginia Beach

Washington – Seattle

West Virginia – Berkeley Springs

Wisconsin – Madison

Wyoming – Jackson Hole”

Be Prepared

Sanibelcityseal logoNext Friday May 26, the City of Sanibel is sponsoring their 2017 Hurricane Seminar at BIG ARTS, 900 Dunlop Rd from 1 to 3 p.m. It is free, no reservation needed.

New info will be provided including predictions for 2017, family hurricane planning, use of social media in emergencies, and Sanibel Building Codes. Featured speakers will be: City weather consultant Dave Roberts, Lee County Emergency Management Program Manager Jim Bjostad, F.I.S.H. Director of Operations Maggie Goldsmith, City of Sanibel building official Harold Law, Sanibel Emergency Management Director Lt. Buikema, and Sanibel Policy Chief William Dalton.

Residents, property owners, business owners, and island workers are encouraged to attend. If you cannot be there, the seminar video will be posted after the event on MySanibel.com.

Summer Happenings

big arts logoBIG ARTS Summer Arts Camp – offers a program of visual and performing arts for 1st through 5th graders. Each week begins a new session with a new theme. There also is an apprentice program for 6th through 12 graders where middle and high schoolers spend half their day taking a more advanced art class and half their day days earning community service hours by assisting campers in their classes. Registration for both programs is now open. Registration forms are on-line at www.BIGARTS.org . The schedule includes:

Week 1 – June 5 – 9 – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Week 2 – June 12 – 16 – Life’s a Circus at Camp! Week 3 – June 19 – 23 – Under The Sea Week 4 – June 26 – 30 – Where the Wild Things Are Week 5 – July 3 – 7 (No camp on July 4) – Red, White, Blue and YOU!

Week 6 – July 10 – 14 – I’ve Got a Golden Ticket!

Week 7 – July 17 – 21 – When You Wish Upon a Star

Week 8 – July 24 – 28 – Say Yes to the Mess!

Captiva yacht clubCaptiva Island Yacht Club’s Junior Sailing Camp – For children ages 8 to 15, it teaches the ins and outs of operating their own sailboat in Roosevelt Channel behind the yacht club. The camp gets support from the City of Sanibel, F.I.S.H., and Sanibel CHR (Community Housing & Resources). Divided into two sessions: the 1st June 12-16 and June 19-23; the 2nd July 10-14 and July 17-21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost is $500 per session and includes sailing and kayak instruction. At the end of each session, students earn a Beginner Level I U.S. Sailing certificate. The Captiva Yacht Club has a fleet of 12 Optimist prams, six Sunfish, and three Laser sailboats.

Counselor in Training Program – This City-sponsored program at the Rec Center provides junior-level personal development and leadership opportunity for teens entering 9th and 10th grade that are interested in working with children in a recreational day camp setting. The program is designed to prepare teens to become a camp counselors. For more info, call the Sanibel Recreation Center at (239) 472-0345

Sanibel Sea schoolOcean Tribe Paddlers Club – A new club to bring the paddling community together is being offered by the Sanibel Sea School. The first club meeting is a free welcome group paddle on Tuesday, May 30, at 2 p.m. at Causeway Island A, north side. Those who do not have a kayak, paddleboard, or canoe should contact spencer@sanibelseaschool.org or call 239-472-8585, who will provide them.

Sea School Opening Retail Store – Called Ocean Tribe Outfitters, the ribbon-cutting for this new store at 455 Periwinkle Way is May 31 at 5 p.m. The store will specialize in paddling gear, including kayaks, stand up paddleboards, and related accessories, plus equipment and closing for ocean recreation. All profits from the store will fund the nonprofit Sanibel Sea School’s programs, including scholarships and ocean outreach programs for students in need. More info at www.sanibelseaschool.org

Sanibel Rec CenterSWAT (Sanibel Water Attack Team) – For children ages 5 to 18, SWAT is the island’s competitive swim team. SWAT practices at the Rec Center Monday through Friday with the Blue Team (K through 8th grade) from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. and the Gold Team (high schoolers) from 2:30 to 4 p.m. To join SWAT, students must be able to swim the length of the pool and commit to attending four meetings a year – two at Florida Gulf Coast University and two in Sarasota. The next swim meet is June 17 and 18 at Florida Gulf Coast University with competition from teams throughout the state.

Lcec logoGood Tips from LCEC (Lee County Electric Co-op)

“Summer Saving Tips

  1. Install a programmable thermostat. When you aren’t home, turn it up. Work around your schedule and earn savings by adjusting the temperature.
  2. Lower your water-heating costs. Turn the water-heater temperature to the warm setting of 120 degrees F. It’s hot enough for showers and to clean dishes. Do laundry in cold water.
  3. Replace your air filter. It allows your system to work more efficiently. This is also the ideal time to have your annual AC system checkup.
  4. Seal cracks and gaps. Keep cooled air from leaking out and prevent warm air from getting in. Inspect door/window cracks and apply calking around cable lines and dryer vent openings.
  5. Save in the laundry room. Inspect the vent and clean the dryer lint trap after every use….

“Checklist for Vacating Your Home for The Summer

Use the following checklist to keep your home and all its electrical treasures in great shape!

  • Avoid mildew damage by installing a timer on the air conditioner to cycle the air for two hours per day, or install a humidistat that will cycle when indoor humidity exceeds 65%.
  • Fill jugs of tap water to put inside the refrigerator/freezer since a full unit will use less power than an empty one….
  • Leave all interior doors open to promote airflow. Resist the temptation to leave your ceiling fans on low to circulate air. Fans should only be used when you are in the room since they only cool the body.
  • Consider having a … house sitter keep an eye on your home while you are gone.
  • Enroll in LCEC kiloWATCH at www.lcec.net so you can be alerted of unusual electricity usage.”

Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity May 12-19, 2017

Sanibel

CONDOS

2 new listings: Loggerhead Cay #371 2/2 $549K, Blind Pass #F108 3/2 $594.9K.

3 price changes: Ibis at The Sanctuary #B302 2/2 now $489.5K, Loggerhead Cay #592 2/2 now $629K, Nutmeg Village #100 2/2 now $1.07M.

2 new sales: Seashells #6 2/2 listed at $395K, Pointe Santo #B23 2/2 listed at $799K.

6 closed sales: Lake Palms #8 2/2.5 $331,750, Sundial West #H209 1/1 $404K, Mariner Pointe #712 2/2.5 $450K, Coquina Beach #3G 2/2 $450K (our Seller), Loggerhead Cay #443 2/2 $538K, Loggerhead Cay #103 2/2 $962.5K.

HOMES

3 new listings: 986 Sand Castle Rd 3/3 half-duplex $529K, 1672 Hibiscus Dr 3/2 $1.35M, 2167 Starfish Ln 4/4.5 $2.395M.

11 price changes: 976 Sand Castle Rd 3/3 half-duplex now $489K; 1918 Ibis Ln 3/3 now $629K; 673 East Rocks Dr 3/2 now $789,555; 4775 Rue Helene 4/3 now $799K; 1470 Angel Dr 3/2 now $1.099M; 1234 Middle Gulf Dr 3/3 now $1.149M; 519 Kinzie Island Ct 3/2.5 now $1.295M; 6494 Sanibel-Captiva Rd 3/2 now $1.795M; 4649 Rue Belle Mer 3/2.5 now $2,995,555; 3009 Turtle Gait Ln 4/4.5 now $3.5M; 3547 West Gulf Dr 4/4 now $4.25M.

3 new sales: 1596 Bunting Ln 2/2 listed at $499K, 1954 Roseate Ln 3/2 listed at $534K, 6081 Henderson Rd 3/2 listed at $799.9K.

4 closed sales: 9436 Yucca Ct 3/2 $580K, 5126 Joewood Dr 3/2 $710K, 1030 Kings Crown Dr 2/2 $879.75K, 4117 West Gulf Dr 5/6 $5.35M.

LOTS

No new listings.

4 price changes: 2501 Wulfert Rd now $183.9K, 6159 Starling Way now $639K, 5251 Indian Ct now $759K, 0 Island Inn Rd now $1.099M.

No new sales.

1 closed sale: 0 Island Inn Rd $182K.

Captiva

CONDOS

No new listings or price changes.

1 new sale: Tennis Villas #3125 1/1 listed at $254K.

1 closed sale: Sunset Beach Villas #2324 2/2 $595K.

HOMES

No new listings.

3 price changes: 16167 Captiva Dr 4/3 now $1.595M, 16171 Captiva Dr 4/4.5 now $2.195M, 13550 Palmflower Ln 4/3.5 now $3.999M.

No new sales.

1 closed sale: 11515 Andy Rosse Ln 6/5.5 $2.725M.

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 weekend is rosy! I’ll be in the office… looking for business!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

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Amost Mother’s Day 2017 on Sunny Sanibel


It’s Susan reporting another week of wonderful summerlike island weather, but no rain or at least not yet. Possible morning thunderstorms are forecast for Mother’s Day, otherwise more of the same sunny days are expected. Rain is needed though and May typically is when rainy season begins.

SanibelSusan Realty Associates

Sanibelsusan LogoTeamwork was the name of our game this week. Our 7000+piece annual inventory mailing arrived from the printer, so we have spent every spare minute stuffing envelopes. About half went out today, the rest will go out early next week. If you are not on our “snail” mail list and would like a copy of the “Sanibel & Captiva Islands Inventory & Sales History” updated May 6, please let us know. We are happy to send it by snail or email.

Only a handful of our listings had showings this week, but we happily received a new condo listing on Saturday, which we put under contract yesterday. Sales don’t often happen that quickly, so it was a nice surprise.

Teammate Elise’s report with the action posted since last Friday in the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service follows a couple of news items below.

Surprise Closing

Plenty of islanders were shocked Monday to read that Bennett’s Fresh Roast Sanibel shop closed unexpectedly. Their web site says that unused coupons, gift cards and certificates will be honored in their Fort Myers Store. The rumor mill says that it sold. Stay tuned.

Island Coyotes on City Council Agenda

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(From mySanibel.com) First coyote documented on Sanibel, observed in the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Erwin Kraus, March 2011

From the May 10, 2017 “Islander” “…Holly Milbrandt, an environmental biologist with the City, provided a coyote update at last week’s City Council meeting, which was a follow-up from a presentation two years ago. Coyotes are not accounted for in all 67 counties of Florida. On the island images of them have been captured at the Community Park (across the street from our office), Gulfside City Park (off Casa Ybel Road), Pond Apple Park (off Periwinkle Way), and Sanibel Gardens (off Tarpon Bay Road). Most sightings occurring between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m…. 

“At the end of her presentation, she said the working group has recommended that they continue to monitor coyote impact on sea turtles, as well as implement sea turtle next protection measures; expand wildlife camera monitoring efforts; continue public education and track sightings; investigate methods and funding opportunities for additional protection of sea turtle and shorebird nests and evaluate feasibility and funding options to conduct trapping and GPS collaring of coyotes on the island.”

Realtor® Political Action

rpacEach May, our local Association of Realtors® hosts an event long-know by some old-timers as the “Over-the-Hump Party”. It is a fundraising event for the RPAC (Realtor® Political Action Committee) as well as celebration that we again made it through high season.

Sanctuary orchids

Always blooming at The Sanctuary clubhouse entrance!

Held Wednesday night at The Sanctuary, this year it included a golf scramble, followed by silent auction, and then live auction.

 

Lobsters 2017SanibelSusan’s lobster dinner donation again raised close to $1K and of course I did my share of buying too.

The final tally raised has not yet been reported, but the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® has a tradition of winning state and national RPAC awards for our participation – raised mostly because we have seen those RPAC funds work.

Congratulations to the many Realtors®, business partners, and staff members that made our 2017 event another success. Photo below is of the island’s hardworking 2017 RPAC Committee who organized the event. Committee co-chairs are VIP Realtor Tina DiCharia (center in black) & Affiliate business partner Dave Arter (2nd from right) with Private Client Insurance Services.

RPAC Committee

The below graphic is a recap of the Florida Legislative Session that just ended. A good representation of how those RPAC dollars can make an impact. The graphic appeared on-line this week on “SPB – SaintPetersBlog” which is one of Florida’s most-read political sites.

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7 Common Home-Selling Mistakes

Below is another good graphic, compiled for sharing through FloridaRealtors®

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Sanibel & Captiva Island Multiple Listing Service Activity May 5-12, 2017

Sanibel

CONDOS

3 new listings: Lake Palms #6 2/2.5 $359K, Loggerhead Cay #342 2/2 $599K, Cottage Colony West #132 1/1 $675K.

2 price changes: Nutmeg VIllage #211 2/2 now $699.9K, Atrium #201 3/3 now $1.495M.

2 new sales: Spanish Cay #D1 2/2 listed at $369K (our listing & sale) photos below, Sundial West #D403 1/1 listed at $435K.

4 closed sales: Sanibel Moorings #842 2/2 $475K, Loggerhead Cay #174 2/2 $770K, Sundial East #T306 3/2 $1.2875M, Tigua Cay #487 3/3.5 $1.6M.

HOMES

2 new listings: 1004 Spanish Laurel Ln 2/2 $619K, 5056 Joewood Dr 3/2 $759K.

11 price changes: 9292 Kincaid Ct 3/2 now $539K, 9455 Beverly Ln 2/2 now $546K, 1212 Par View Dr 2/2 now $548K, 799 Casa Ybel Rd 5/3 duplex now $565K, 644 Lake Murex Cir 3/2 now $625K, 958 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 now $649K, 471 Las Tiendas Ln 3/2 now $744K, 655 Anchor Dr 3/3 now $899K, 5240 Caloosa End Ln 3/3 now $924.9K, 1743 Venus Dr 4/3.5 now $1.695M, 1525 San Carlos Bay Dr 3/2 now $1.795M.

7 new sales: 9446 Yucca Ct 3/2 listed at $589K, 4452 Gulf Pines Dr 3/2 listed at $599K, 545 Piedmont Rd 3/2 listed at $629K, 1114 Sabal St 2/2 listed at $675K, 1315 Par View Dr 3/2 listed at $689K, 687 Anchor Dr 4/3 listed at $1.495M, 2507 Blind Pass Ct 3/3 listed at $1.495M.

7 closed sales: 1651 Sand Castle Rd 3/2.5 half-duplex $470K, 4694 Rue Bayou 3/3 $615K, 1772 Serenity Ln 3/2 $620K, 5305 Ladyfinger Lake Rd 3/2 $660K, 1182 Kittiwake Cir 3/3 $675K, 1035 Kings Crown Dr 3/2 $910K, 5838 Pine Tree Dr 3/3 $1.09M.

LOTS

1 new listing: 4995 Joewood Dr $2.695M.

No price changes, new, or closed sales.

Captiva

CONDOS

1 new listing: Bayside Villas #4102 1/2 $348.5K.

1 price change: Bayside Villas #4118 1/2 now $375K.

2 new sales: Sunset Beach Villas #2325 2/2 listed at $579K, Gulf Beach Villas #2004 2/2 listed at $619K.

2 closed sales: Bayside Villas #5320 3/3 $578K, Marina Villas #909 2/2 $749K.

HOMES

1 new listing: 952 South Seas Plantation Rd 6/5.5 $1.35M.

2 price changes: 43 Oster Ct 2/2.5 now $829K, 11535 Wightman Ln 4/4 now $2.099M.

No new sales.

2 closed sales: 11411 Old Lodge Ln 4/3 $1.62M, 15161 Captiva Dr 4/4.5 $1.85M.

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.)

mothers-day-clipart-1A Happy Mother’s Day to all Moms!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

Sanibel/Captiva Real Estate on Cinco de Mayo


cinco de mayoSanibel & Captiva Islands had another week of good weather and little traffic – or at least until late yesterday when a boat slid off a trailer coming out of Sanibel Harbour onto Summerlin Road just after the toll booth going off island.

That little roadway snafu kept vehicles leaving the islands at a slow crawl until close to 7 p.m. Silly me then, doing some off-island chores after work.

The weather this week included the first major shower of the rainy season. Boy, was the rain needed when it arrived late Monday night/early Tuesday morning. Though off-island teammates Dave and Elise saw only a few drops and heard some thunder rumbles where they live, they noticed causeway flooding as they came onto the island. There were huge puddles from the east-end to Captiva. Most now have disappeared, with “greening” up already noticeable. I heard a Lee County Mosquito Control plane buzzing the east-end early morning yesterday, yet another sign that we got rain and it’s May.

The change in island occupancy is evident even to the lunch crowd. No waiting at Doc Ford’s on Tuesday when my lunch friends and I snagged a nice breezy outside table. They later sent me the below photo and said I could share it. Thank you, Susanna and Yves-Pascal, for a great visit and terrific picture too!

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First Off-Season Caravan Meeting

Sanibel realtors logoAttendance was light at yesterday’s Thursday morning local Association of Realtors® Caravan meeting which had just two homes (one bank-owned) and a single condo on tour. That’s another indication that “high season” is over. Here forward, until late fall when business picks up, Caravan’s will be held every other week and open to any new listings in any location on either island.

  • Water Quality Update – During the Committee Reports, Realtor® David Schuldrenfrei for the Government & Environmental Committee reported that SB #10, regarding Everglades restoration and water storage, passed in the Florida Legislature with the House of Representatives following the lead of the Senate. This bill has been decades in the making and provides $800 million in funding to create a dynamic reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee, in the Everglades Agricultural Area. The reservoir is needed to provide freshwater to Florida Bay and to alleviate discharges to the Caloosahatchee and St Lucie Rivers. The bill now is on its way to the Governor’s desk for signature. Local Realtors®, City officials, and others have spent nearly 20 years working toward this milestone. David offered a big thank you to all involved for their continued persistence. A further update is below, on other issues in the forefront of Florida’s legislative session which wraps up today.
  • Working Together to Make a Difference – For the Communications and Public Relations Committee, I announced that Realtors® Bob and Diane Stocks joined me Monday morning in transporting to Catholic Charities of SW Florida, the gently-used clothing collected over the last two months by Association Members. That delivery was a humbling experience. Charity workers were very thankful for the carloads of goods delivered saying they are particularly in need of donations for Clewiston farm worker families, those who lost belongings in Florida’s fires, recent rescues human trafficking, as well as those down on their luck hoping and looking for jobs, to become more self-sufficient. This month, the Committee is spearheading a new campaign, collecting pillows, bed linens, and diapers which will be donated on June 1 to ACT (Abuse Counseling Treatment Center) in Fort Myers. Their needs increase in the “off season” too.
  • Real Estate Announcements – Under new and old business, a couple of old sales were announced. Listing agents are careful these days to wait until after inspection/cancellation periods are over – or contingencies are removed – to make an announcement.

Also, a “back-on-the-market” was reported where a property did not close because the buyer couldn’t get financing. That doesn’t happen here too often, but it could be because the home was found to have aluminum wiring, which can make a property difficult to insure. The listing agent announced that the wiring is being replaced and it again is available for sale.

I announced the price reduction at our Seagull Estates listing. A couple of upcoming new listings were announced too. There usually are not many new offerings this time of the year. These were the result of winter residents heading home and moving elsewhere. The details of the activity posted since last Friday in the Sanibel/Captiva Multiple Listing Service follows some other news items below.

While I was at the Thursday caravan meeting, Dave was at a property inspection. I hope he wasn’t on the roof when this picture was taken, but here is his photo showing how few were on Beachcomber’s east-end stretch of beach then.  The gulf waters are beautiful!

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Update on Florida Legislative Session

Florida Realtors logoAs Florida’s legislative session comes to a close, Florida Realtors® Vice President of Public Policy, Carrie O’Rourke, emailed the members of FloridaRealtors® Think Tank (yes, I am one of those) a summary of what she said is “is shaping up to be one of our most successful sessions in recent memory.” Here are some excerpts:

  • Business Rent Tax Reduction – We are closer to success than ever before! After years of fighting for a reduction to the business rent tax we were finally able to overcome the obstacles and there is a strong chance we will come out with a win for business owners, commercial Realtors®, and ultimately, Florida’s economy. Under the current proposal, which was just passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee, the business rent tax would be reduced 0.2%, moving from 6% to a permanent 5.8%. While this may at first seem like a very modest cut, there are two things to consider
  • First, this cut represents more than $60 million fiscal impact to the state, and comprises the vast majority of the small amount of funding that was available for tax cut purposes.
  • Second, this cut represents a big step for a legislative body that has been reluctant to even open the door on a cut to this revenue source.
  • The bill now travels to the full Florida Senate for a vote, and will also need to pass the House before the legislature adjourns on Friday, the scheduled conclusion of the Legislature’s 60-day session.
  • “10% Non-Homestead Property Tax Cap – Success! The joint resolution has passed both legislative chambers and will not be heading to voters during the 2018 general election. This is a significant victory for Florida Realtors® as it gives us the time we need to conduct a comprehensive, direct-to-voter campaign that will help voters understand why they need to make this important tax break permanent.
  • “Estoppel Certificate Fee Reform – …For three years, we have been advocating for caps on unreasonable estoppel certificate fees and all that hard work has paid off with the passage of SB 398. This legislature caps the fees that community association management companies can charge for estoppel certificates at $250 for unit owners who are current in their assessments. An additional $100 can be charged for “expedited” estoppel certificates (delivered within three business days), and another $150 can be charged for owners who are delinquent in their assessments. This is a maximum of $500 for an expedited, delinquent estoppel certificate. Gone are the days of certificate fees that cost $1,000 or more….
  • “Vacation Rentals – It took about 4 hours of debate and a close vote for HB 425… to make it out of the House. This is the bill that essentially stops local governments from targeting vacation rental homes with restrictive ordinances. In other words, if a local government passes an ordinance targeted at vacation rental homes, it has to apply to all residential homes in the area; vacation rentals cannot be singled out. The original bill has been amended several times and has a tough road ahead of it in the Senate.
  • “Increase to the Non-School Homestead Exemption – The Senate passed a priority issue of the House concerning a proposed increase to the non-school homestead exemption by $25,000. Currently homeowners receive a tax exemption on the first $25,000 in the value of their properties. They pay taxes on the value between $25,000 and $50,000 and then receive an exemption on the portion from $50,000 to $75,000. The House ended up adopting the Senate’s version of the joint resolution which would apply the exemption to the portion of values between $100,000 and $125,000. This passage will place a constitutional amendment on the 2017 general election ballot.”

First Sea Turtle Nest

Turtle hatching 07-01-16As follow-up to last week’s posting about sea turtle nesting season beginning, the first nest of the season was found Saturday, April 29, near Gulfside Place condos. The nest has been staked off by volunteers from SCCF’s (Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation) Sea Turtle Monitoring Program. Reports say that this year’s first nest is early, but not as early as last year when the first one was found on April 20 on Captiva.

Sea turtles on Sanibel/Captiva are coming off back-to-back record years. A new record was set in 2015 with more than 600 nests. Last season that record was beat by a mile when the two islands had a combined total of 826 nests.

SCCF volunteers patrol the beaches early every morning during nesting season, recording new nests and false crawls (when a female comes ashore but doesn’t lay eggs). The volunteers take measurements and stake the nests. In recent years, they also have covered nests with mesh to prevent coyotes from getting to them.

Southwest Florida By The Numbers

As a numbers kinda gal, I enjoyed reading the statistics in the “Gulfshore Business Source Book 2017” that arrived in the mail this week. Below is a sampling, showing Lee County compared to neighboring Collier and Charlotte, the state, and the nation.

“Demographics              Lee             Collier          Charlotte     Florida               United States

2016 population             680,539      350,202        170,450        20.612 million   323.127 million

Projected by 2025          839,497       409,899       187,862        22.799 million   357.452 million

Median age (2016)         46.9              46.5             54.5                 39.4                     35.9

Percentage over 65        25                27.8             36.2                 18.8                     12.4

Cost of Living

Median home price      $246,900      $450,000     $195,000        $226,000          $233,500

Labor

Unemployment rate     4.4%              4.5%              5.2%              5.0%                 4.7%

(Feb 2017)

Median annual wage   $31,548         $32,946         $29,526         $32,789           $36,764

(2016)”

Further along in the article, it provided details on the major communities within the counties.

Here is their info for Sanibel:

“Population (2016) – 6,591

Per capita income (2015) – $79,354

Median household income (2015) – $98,818

Median home value – $664,500”

Wondering the largest employers in Southwest Florida? Here are the top ten with their number of employees:

  1. “Lee Health (12,600)
  2. Lee County School District (11,098)
  3. Publix Super Markets (8,533)
  4. Collier County Public Schools (7,000)
  5. NCH Healthcare System – Naples Community Hospital (4,200)
  6. Wal-Mart (3,792)
  7. Chico’s FAS Inc. (2,900)
  8. Arthrex Inc. (2,510)
  9. Lee County Government (2,362)
  10. Lipman Produce (2,300)…”

sancap GO MLS logoSanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity April 28-May 5, 2017

Sanibel

CONDOS

5 new listings: Sundial West #D403 1/1 $435K, Island Beach Club #P1A 2/2 $659K, Cottage Colony West #116 1/1 $659K, Tarpon Beach #102 2/2 $749K, Sanibel Seaview #B2 3/3 $1.489M.

5 price changes: Seashells #38 2/2 now $349K, Seashells #11 2/2 now $365K, Donax Village #3 2/2 now $438.5K, Loggerhead Cay #332 2/2 now $485K, By-The-Sea #C302 2/2 now $1.495M.

6 new sales: Mariner Pointe #712 2/2.5 listed at $463.5K, Ibis at The Sanctuary #B201 2/2 listed at $475K (our buyer), Sanctuary Golf Villages I #3-3 listed at $699K, Kings Crown #208 2/2 listed at $749K, Pointe Santo #B25 2/2 listed at $749K, Sanibel Surfside #225 2/2 listed at $774.9K.

5 closed sales: Sandy Bend #5 2/2 $705K, Sundial West #E304 2/2 $790K, Sundial East #Q404 2/2 $865K, Sanctuary Golf Villages I #3-6 $910K, Wedgewood #202 3/3.5 $2.38M.

HOMES

2 new listings: 981 Sand Castle Rd 3/2.5 $575K, 315 East Gulf Dr 2/2 half-duplex $649K.

15 price changes: 5308 Umbrella Pool Rd 3/2 now $578K, 1426 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 now $599K, 376 Lake Murex Blvd 3/2 now $584.9K, 1040 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 now $599.9K, 752/754 Cardium St 4/2 duplex now $614K, 545 Piedmont Rd 3/2 now $629K, 601 Sea Oats Dr 3/2 now $675K, 1717 Sand Peble Way 3/2 now $679K, 673 East Rocks 3/2 now $798.8K, 239 Daniel Dr 3/2 now $1.069M, 1126 Harbour Cottage Ct 3/2 now $1.395M, 513 Lighthouse Way 3/3 now $1.595M, 750 Periwinkle Way 5/4 now $ 1.85M, 6192 Henderson Rd 4/4 now $1.995M, 3728 West Gulf Dr 5/5 now $2.499M.

4 new sales: 770 Donax St 2/2 listed at $495K, 4239 Gulf Pines Dr 3/2 listed at $549K, 1426 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 listed at $599K, 4117 West Gulf Dr 5/6 listed at $5.799M.

3 closed sales: 970 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 $500K, 537 Lake Murex Cir 3/3 $850K (our seller), 2302 Wulfert Rd 4/5 $1.475M.

LOTS

4 new listings: 644 Sea Oats Dr $295K, 223 Robinwood Cir $295K, 540 Birdsong Pl $390K, 3354 Barra Cir $425K.

No price changes.

1 new sale: 434 Lake Murex Cir listed at $275K.

2 closed sales: 255 Hurricane Ln $310K, 1301 Sand Castle Rd $360K.

Captiva

CONDOS

1 new listing: Marina Villas #901 2/2 $785K.

No price changes.

1 new sale: Beach Homes #29 4/4 listed at $2.3M.

No closed sales.

HOMES

No new listings.

2 price changes: 43 Oster Ct 2/2.5 now $839K, 14980 Binder Dr 4/3 now $1.198M.

No new or 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.)

I’m in the office tomorrow, if you want to list or sell on seis de mayo! Enjoy your weekend, Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

Just Another Happy Friday at SanibelSusan Realty


 

dolphins-with-babyIt’s been another week of wonderful weather on Sanibel and Captiva Islands with reduced traffic, and some good real estate action – three closings for us, including an off-island sale on Monday by teammates David and Lisa and one scheduled to close later this afternoon on island. (The last day of the month is always a busy one for title companies.)

The details of the action posted since last Friday in the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service follow some other news below.

Not many new sales were announced at our local Association of Realtors® weekly caravan meeting yesterday, but several new listings were mentioned. A couple of interesting commercial ones are:

jensen-s-twin-palm-resortJensen’s Resort & Marina on Captiva, including the marina with 35 boat slips, retail fishing gear store, fueling station, gulf-front resort with seven units and bay-front cottage resort with 10 buildings (14 units) is listed by Jane Reader Weaver with John Naumann & Associates. Asking price is $30M.

bait box

Bait Box on Sanibel which includes the fishing supply shop, bank building next door and large parking area with warehouse behind) is listed by David Schuldenfrei with VIP Realty Group. Asking price is $2.5M.

SanibelSusan Realty associates sell commercial listings too, so let us know if you would like more details.

Wondering What’s Going on Down by the Lighthouse?

On April 17, the City of Sanibel began construction of a “living shoreline” at Lighthouse Beach Park. According to the City web site: “Shorelines are often stabilized with hardened structures, such as seawalls and rock revetments, which can often increase the rate of coastal erosion. Living shorelines incorporate the use of structural and organic materials, such as wetland plants, oysters, and sand, with limited use of rock and concrete materials. This results in a more stable long-term solution that provides benefits to fish and wildlife.

“The road leading into Lighthouse Beach Park will be closed for vehicular traffic only, from the Fishing Pier parking lot to the Lighthouse Cottages during the construction of this project until May 1, 2017 weather permitting.

“Pedestrians will be able to access the Lighthouse area by designated walking areas. This area is prone to erosion during storm events and the installation of the living shoreline will help reduce the impact of erosion to the road leading into Lighthouse Beach Park.

“Every effort will be made to minimize inconvenience to the general public. Users of Lighthouse Beach Park should plan on parking in designated areas when accessing the Lighthouse property and use CAUTION through the area where workers are present….”

Lighthouse Beach SanCapAerial Jim Szabo FB 04-25-2017The City posted this aerial photo on their website. Photo credit to Jim Szabo, SanCap Aerial.

More Summer Schedules Begin

  • Noahs-Ark-2Noah’s Ark – Beginning May 2 to August 4, the store will be open from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Fridays only. Furniture pickups will be discontinued on July 14. The Ark’s annual bag day will be Friday, August 4 from 9 to 11 a.m. That’s when customer purchase empty bags for $4 each and fill them to capacity. Items too large to fit in bags will reflect 80% price reductions. Drastic price reductions begin two weeks before Bag Day. The Ark will be closed from August 5 to October 2 for cleaning, restocking, and repair. They will begin accepting donations again on September 1. Between October 3 and November 1, shop hours will be 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Fridays only. During the winter season beginning November 1, hours of operation are 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday and the 1st Saturday of every month. In operation for more than 50 years, Noah’s Ark is managed entirely by volunteers. The proceeds are distributed to local, regional, and global charitable organizations.
  • Sanibel MuseumSanibel Historical Museum & Village – Off-season summer hours begin May 2. Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The museum will be closed starting August 1 and will reopen October 17 on regular full-time hours which are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

24th Annual Sam Bailey’s Island Night

Baseballree tickets are available at participating island merchants for the 24th Annual Sam Bailey’s Island Night on Wednesday, May 17, at Hammond Stadium in the CenturyLink Sports Complex where the Ft Myers Miracle will play the Clearwater Threshers. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Pre-game parade and ceremony starts at 6 p.m. Game to follow. All proceeds got to help local charities.

Guidelines for 2017 Sea Turtle Nesting Season

Sanibelfirstturtlenest2013Sea turtle nesting season is May 1 to October 31. According to an article posted in the “Island Sun” this week, “Sanibel’s eleven miles of gulf shoreline have more nesting activity than any other beach in Lee County. Sought by predators and susceptible to dehydration, sea turtle hatchlings have a one in one thousand chance of survival. Human activities can further reduce that chance.

“By following these simple guidelines, you can do your part to ensure the survival of these magnificent creatures:Sea Turtle Nest

  • Turn off or shield lights near the beaches. Artificial beach lighting can inhibit female sea turtles from nesting and disorient hatchlings. Most beachfront lighting issues can be addressed by turning off all unnecessary light fixtures, or cling blind and drapes.
  • Remove furniture and other items from the beach and dune area, when not in use, between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. Items left on the beach include beach furniture, toys, and trash may provide barriers to nesting or result in entanglement and predation of hatchlings.
  • sea-turtle-eggsLevel all sandcastles and fill any holes dug during play. These are fine during the day, but may pose additional hazards at night. Please leave the beach as you found it, so that sea turtles and hatchlings are not hindered on their way to nest or to the water.
  • Pick up all trash. Sea turtles mistakenly eat debris, especially plastic, which results in death.
  • loggerhead_sea_turtle_baby_blogHonor the leash law. All dogs on the beach must be on a leash and not allowed to disturb nesting turtles or hatchlings.”

For more info regarding sea turtles on Sanibel, visit http://mysanibel.com/departments/natural-resources/protecting-our-beaches/sea-turtles.

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

Sanibel

CONDOS

1 new listing: Cottage Colony West #108 & #132, joint offering of two 1/1 units $1.35M.

7 price changes: Blind Pass #A205 2/2 now $419K, Village of Sanibel #R1 3/2.5 now $426K, Mariner Pointe #733 2/2 now $445K, Blind Pass #F210 2/2 now $459K, Mariner Pointe #811 2/2 now $479K, Shorewood #2D 3/2 now $999K, Pine Cove #102 3/2 now $1.347M.

8 new sales: Sundial West #H209 1/1 listed at $429K, Sanibel Arms West #H4 2/2 listed at $535K, Sandalfoot #4C3 2/2 listed at $669K, Sunset South #2A 2/2 listed at $699K, Sunset South #10C 2/2 listed at $759K, Pointe Santo #C36 2/2 listed at $786K, Sundial West #A308 2/2 listed at $794K, Sundial East #T202 2/2 $849K.

6 closed sales: Coquina Beach #5A 2/2 $355K, Mariner Pointe #842 2/2 $475K, Loggerhead Cay #252 2/2 $545K, Villa Sanibel #2G 2/2 $569K, Loggerhead Cay #104 3/2 $1.27M.

HOMES

6 new listings: 4436 Waters Edge Ln 3/3 $850K, 924 Beach Rd 3/2 $995K; 830 Angel Wing Dr 2/2 $1.079M; 4960 Joewood Dr 3/3 $1.099M; 4649 Rue Belle Mer 3/2.5 $3,095,555; 4155 West Gulf Dr 4/3 $4.295M.

7 price changes: 2074 Wild Lime Dr 3/2 now $559K; 1315 Par View Dr 3/2 now $689K; 1020 White Ibis Dr 3/3 now $699K; 215 Palm Lake Dr 3/2 now $699.9K; 721 Durion Ct 3/3 now $799K; 673 East Rocks Dr 3/2 now $848,888; 2313 Wulfert Rd 4/3 now $1.05M.

1 new sale: 5739 Pine Tree Dr 3/2 listed at $749K.

12 closed sales: 998 Greenwood Ct N 3/2.5 half-duplex $395K, 6471 Pine Ave 2/2 $520K, 2134 Egret Cir 3/2 $525K, 4619 Brainard Bayou Rd 3/2 $536K, 702 Durion Ct 3/2 $645K, 186 Southwinds Dr 2/2 $650K, 3359 Barra Cir 3/3 $779K, 243 Southwinds Dr 3/2.5 $820K, 3918 Coquina Dr 3/2.5 $880K, 918 Lindgren Blvd 3/3.5 $1.115M, 815 Birdie View Pt 3/3 $1.13M, 1326 Seaspray Ln 4/4.5 $1.75M.

LOTS

1 new listing: 412 Tiree Cir $369,555.

1 price change: 4538 Bowen Bayou Rd now $259K.

No new sales.

Image 7 c.jpg2 closed sales: 1550 Centre St $185K (our Seller), 9066 Mockingbird Dr $360K.

Captiva

CONDOS

Nothing to report.

HOMES

No new listings.

1 price change: 13550 Palmflower Ln 4/3.5 now $4.25M.

1 new sale: 11515 Andy Rose Ln 6/5.5 listed at $2.995M.

2 closed sales: 11514 Andy Rosse Ln 5/5 $2.1M, 16560 Captiva Dr 7/7.5 $5.7125M.

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

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