Happy New Year From Sanibel


We have enjoyed another week of nice weather here on Sanibel. Today and into the New Year we are expecting a “cool front” with morning lows in the 50’s (later next week to be in the 40’s) & the afternoons warming to the mid 60’s, low 70’s. Lots of people this week, walking, biking, & filling up the roads. Here at the office we know when it is 3:30, as the cars are stopped on the road out front.

polar bear plungeNew Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge

On Monday, January 1, the Sanibel-Captiva Chapter of the National Polar Bear Club will hold its 18th annual meeting at “the crack of noon” at Tarpon Bay Beach (the south/gulf end of Tarpon Bay Road). The meeting will begin with the singing of the traditional Polar Bear anthem by the Cubbies (first-timers), Juveniles (one-time previous dippers) and seasoned Adult bears (those who took the plunge in previous years). Following the anthem, the Polar Bears will enter the “icy” gulf waters. Everyone is welcome. Chairs and coolers are optional.

Sanibel Library Earns Award

sanibel libraryThis year marks the fourth time the Sanibel public library has been recognized as one of the best libraries in the country by Library Journal. The rating is based on the number of people walking through the library’s doors, number of program attendees and the number of books checked out. The rating is also based on electronic material.

“Ding” Darling Announces 2018 Film Series

ding darlingThe sixth annual “Ding” Darling Wednesday Film Series kicks off its bi-weekly showings this winter with a schedule of seven films that explore natural facets from pollinators and coral to wild Florida and the war on coal. It runs Jan. 10 through April 4.“Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge hosts the free film showings in the “Ding” Darling Visitor & Education Center with sponsorship from Sanibel-Captiva Beach Resorts. Seating is limited and on a first-come basis.

Below are the season’s scheduled films. All films begin at 1 p.m. except the Jan. 24 film, which airs at 10a.m. A short discussion will follow each film to allow visitors to gain more from their documentary-viewing experience by listening to other people’s points of view and analyzing what they just watched. For full descriptions of the films, please visit www.dingdarlingsociety.org

Jan. 10 – Wings of Life

Jan. 24 – Tapped

Feb. 7 – From the Ashes

Feb. 21 – Chasing Coral

March 7 – The Forgotten Coast: Return to Wild Florida

Mach 21 – Mission Blue

April 4 – STRAWS

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

Sanibel

CONDOS

1 new listing: Sundial West #F308 1/1 $439K.

No price changes.

3 new sales: Sanibel Moorings #1221 3/2.5 listed at $1.095M, White Sands #32 2/2.5 listed at $1.095M, Bandy Beach #A101 3/2 listed at $1.299M (our Buyer).

1 closed sale: Captains Walk #A8 2/2 $347K.

HOMES

2 new listings: 5299 Umbrella Pool Rd 3/2.5 $539K, 5411 Osprey Ct 3/2 $1.295M.

2 price changes: 563 Hideaway Ct 3/2 now $699K, 4460 Waters Edge Ln 3/2 now $898K.

3 new sales: 1394 Middle Gulf Dr half-duplex listed at $524.9K, 1943 Sanibel Bayou Rd 3/3 listed at $649.9K, 5743 Baltusrol Ct 3/3/2 listed at $1.495M.

6 closed sales: 1390 Middle Gulf Dr 3/3 half-duplex $430K, 1187 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 $635K, 2030 Sunrise Cir 3/3 $605K, 1195 Par View Dr 3/2.5 $1M, 519 Kinzie Island Ct 3/2.5 $1.25M, 750 Periwinkle Way 5/4 $1.49M.

LOTS

2 new listings: 4538 Bowen Bayou Rd $258K, 1817 Long Point Ln $399,555.

2 price changes: 5116 Sea Bell Rd now $169.5K, 5126 Sea Bell Rd now $169.5K.

No new or closed sales.

 Captiva

CONDOS

No new listings or price changes.

1 new sale: Captiva Shores #4B 3/2.5 listed at $1.495M.

No closed sales.

HOMES

4 new listings: 41 Oster Ct 2/2.5 $1.085M, 16163 Captiva Dr 3/2 $2.795M, 1124 Longifolia Ct 4/5 $4.3M, 15867 Captiva Dr 3/3.5 $4.895M.

No price changes.

1 new sale: 11526 Laika Ln 4/4 duplex listed at $1.749M.

No closed sales.

LOTS

Nothing to report.

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

happy new year

Happy New Year!

Elise for The SanibelSusan Team

Veterans Day Weekend on Sanibel


Today On Island 11-10-17

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

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

At the Sanibel & Captiva Island Association of Realtors®

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

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

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

Fall Into Christmas

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

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

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

Upcoming Events

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

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

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

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

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

To Addendum Or Not to Addendum?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

sancap GO MLS logoSanibel

CONDOS

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

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

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

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

HOMES

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

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Dock at 734 Anchor Dr

 

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

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

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

LOTS

No new listings or price changes.

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

No closed sales.

Captiva

CONDOS

Nothing to report.

HOMES

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

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

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

No closed sales.

LOTS

Nothing to report.

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

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

Susan Andrews aka SanibelSusan

 

Getting Back to Normal on Sanibel Island


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

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

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

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

SanibelSusan Realty Associates

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

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

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

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

                                          Sanibel                           Captiva

No,      Avg $ Price         No.    Avg $ Price

CONDOS        

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

Under contract               11          858,036              5        812,000

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

Sold 2016                         143      717,768                 22      873,636

HOMES

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

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

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

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

LOTS

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

Under contract                  2         419,000                0        N/A

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

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

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

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors®

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

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

Re-openings

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

Island Cow – Reopened this morning.

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

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

Planning Ahead – Pickleball Classic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sanibel

CONDOS

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

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

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View from Pointe Santo #C34

 

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

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

HOMES

No new listings:

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

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

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

LOTS

Nothing to report.

Captiva

CONDOS

No new listings.

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

No new sales.

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

HOMES & LOTS

Nothing to report.

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

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

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

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

Another Happy June on Sanibel/Captiva


sun & rainIt’s SanibelSusan reporting that in typical fashion, the islands’ 23rd Annual Sam Bailey Islander Night at Hammond Stadium Wednesday night again was rained out. After several weeks of beautiful weather, it should have been no surprise when the first big downpour of the rainy season began just as the parade was scheduled to start. It has happened many times before and June 1 is the beginning of hurricane season.

Continuing the summer trend, more showers are expected later today and through the weekend with all of us watching the tropical storm expected to develop in the gulf early next week. That certainly will not make next week’s vacationers happy, but may result in good shelling and more folks wanting to view property.

At SanibelSusan Realty

Activity-wise in the office, it has been quiet. Even the holiday weekend was very quiet, probably weather-related, as all days were fabulous for the beach. A few listings shown and some phone/email inquiries, but not many – certainly nothing like when it’s snowing somewhere!

Yesterday, The SanibelSusan Team was happy to receive a new listing at Beachcomber (gulf-front ~2600 sq. ft.) which will be posted in the islands’ Multiple Listing Service as soon as we receive a couple of clarifications from the sellers.

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View from our new listing at Beachcomber #A102

 

May is always an in-between month here, post “high” season, but pre “summer” season. A quick snapshot of the islands’ May real estate sales show that it was not a month with much real estate action.

May Sanibel Sales

In May, were just five new Sanibel home sales with no contingencies (three inland priced under $530K, one on a deep-water canal (asking price $1.545M) and one bay-front in Ferry Landing (asking price $1.995M)).

Another 13 Sanibel homes went under contract with contingencies (four inland priced under $535K, five near the beach (priced from $569K to $600K), one in Beachview (asking $1.195M), one in Gulf Pines (asking $1.479M), one deep-water canal (asking $1.548M), and a unique one across the street from the beach (asking $1.595M)).

In May, Sanibel condos did not have as much action as homes. Just two Sanibel condos went under contract with no contingencies: a 1-bedroom at Sundial (asking $299K) and a recently-remodeled Lighthouse Point bay-front unit (asking $830K).

Another four condos went under contract with contingencies: a Seashells unit (asking $379K), a 1st floor Sanibel Moorings 2 bedrm with peek of gulf (asking $449K), a 3-bedrm Heron-model at The Sanctuary (asking $665K), and a beach-front 2-bedroom at Sanddollar (asking $870K).

During the same time, in May, just two Sanibel lots went under contract: one near beach (asking $244.9K) and one on the bayou (asking $1.295M). Both contracts have contingencies.

May Captiva Sales

In May on Captiva, four homes went under contract with contingencies (two at Sunset Captiva asking $885K and $995K, one gulf-front asking $3.998M, and one on Roosevelt Channel asking $4.8M).

Also in May, three Captiva condos in South Seas Plantation went under contract, all with contingencies. Asking prices ranging from a 1-bedroom Bayside Villas for $289K to a 2-bedroom Tennis Villas for $405K, to a Bayside Villas 3 bedroom for $629.9K

A Captiva gulf-front lot went under contract (with contingencies) in May too, asking price $4.999M.

Below are a few other news items followed by the action posted in the Sanibel and Captiva Multiple Listing Service since last Friday.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Specialist Designation

ASSOC LogoWednesday, for the fifth year, SanibelSusan taught the Resort & Second-Home module to those Realtors® training to receive their Sanibel & Captiva Islands Specialist designation. This designation is a 12-part educational series, offered each summer by the local Association of Realtors. The coursework needs to be completed over a 2-year period and provides instruction to those looking to specialize in working the Sanibel/Captiva market.

2016 Resort ClassI authored the module that I teach, update it each year, and always enjoy the teaching experience – getting as much in return as I give. It was especially fun this year since my students ranged from some new Realtors® to those with many years of real estate experience, but in other parts of the country.

Here are my students adorned in the funny resort-wear they earned for answering questions correctly in my pop quiz.

1st National Seashell Day

As reported in Monday’s “Santiva-Chronicle”:

2016 National Seashell Day“As the Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau said, it’s official. June 20 has been proclaimed National Seashell Day. The news is also out that the first National Seashell Day will be on Good Morning America.

“The VCB (Visitors Convention Bureau) already has a National Seashell Day page on its website. Visitors to the page can enter the “Shell Yeah! Sweepstakes,” for which the grand prize is three nights for four at Sanibel Inn, a Captiva Cruises shelling cruise to Cayo Costa and the chance to go shelling with Pam Rambo. The grand prize is enough to make any Sanibel sheller nod with approval.

“Rambo had the news about Good Morning America on her amazing blog iloveshelling.com. The blog says Ginger Zee, Good Morning America and ABC’s chief meteorologist, will be here on June 20. We don’t know the exact details yet other than it will be in the morning….

“The VCB’s idea for National Seashell Day will get the word out to people of all places about the wonders of shells on our beaches, which is good for anything having to do with shells. The VCB also hopes it will be a driver for tourism….”

Fishing Pier Rehab Project

sanibel fishing pier.jpgOn Tuesday next week (June 6), the Sanibel Fishing Pier at Lighthouse Beach Park will be closed temporarily due to a necessary rehabilitation project. Construction is expected to continue through August 2016.

Top 10 Outdoor Features, Where Most Are, & What They’ll Pay

realtor.comPosted in Tuesday’s “DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS”, you will see Naples, FL on the list below. Buyers all over Southwest Florida like outdoor kitchens!

“As temperatures heat up, more home owners and buyers are taking a closer look at their home’s outdoor features. Realtor.com®’s research team took a look at 10 popular outdoor home features to find the premium that owners will pay. They also identified the regions of the country that are most likely to feature these popular outdoor amenities.

Amenity                        Premium           Where You’ll Most Likely Find Them

Tree houses                     5.2%                Asheville, N.C.

Gazebo                              7.6%                McAllen, Texas

Putting green                 11.4%               Phoenix

Hot tub                             11.8%               Bend, Ore.

Tiki bar                             13.8%               Key West, Fla.

Tennis court                   14.6%               Los Angeles

Outdoor fireplace           21.5%               Dallas, Texas

Outdoor kitchen             26.2%               Naples, Fla.

Private dock                     44.7%               Traverse City, Mich.

Infinity pool                      56%                 Kahului, Hawaii”

Red-Hot South Florida Home Prices Are Cooling Off

miami herald logoMuch like island Realtors® often look to activity in larger complexes and communities here as bellwethers of the local market, we also look to bigger East Coast communities to foretell what may be in the future. The below article is from the May 31 “Miami Herald”.

“So far in 2016, South Florida home prices are growing at the slowest pace since the real-estate market began to recover four years ago.

“Home prices in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties rose 6.2% between March 2015 and March 2016, according to the closely watched S&P/Case Shiller Home Price Indices. They grew 8.7% between March 2014 and March 2015, and at a double-digit clip for much of 2013 and 2014, fueled mainly by red-hot demand from foreign investors. But a strong dollar and troubled economies abroad have stymied the flow of cash into local real estate.

“Residential home sales fell in Miami-Dade in April, according to Realtors’ data. Weak demand could help make homes more affordable for locals — if wage growth keeps picking up and developers start building more units for the lower tiers of the market.

“The nation’s hottest housing markets are in Portland (12.3%), Seattle (10.8%), Denver (10%), San Francisco (8.5%) and Dallas (8.5%). Home prices in the Tampa area (7.6%) also grew faster than they did in Miami in March.”

Sanibel Prescribed Burns Begin Today

Sanibelcityseal logoAs described in an earlier update, Sanibel will have prescribed burns in six different areas this summer, so if you are on the island today do not be surprised if you smell smoke.

SCCF logoSCCF (Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation and the City of Sanibel are scheduled to perform a prescribed burn of about 19 acres of the Sanibel Gardens Preserve today. (That’s just west of Tarpon Bay Rd. on Island Inn Rd.)

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity May 27-June 3, 2016

Sanibel

CONDOS

2 new listings: Colonnades #8 1/1 $229K, Sandalfoot #5A1 2/2 $799K.

1 price change: Tanglewood #1A 3/2 now $1,163,999.

1 new sale: Blind Pass #A102 2/2 listed at $399K.

3 closed sales: Sanibel Arms #E2 1/1 $347.5K, Loggerhead Cay #474 2/2 $489.9K, Donax Village #14 2/2 $505K.

HOMES

1 new listing: 732 Windlass Way 4/3.5 $1.395M.

5 price changes: 1478 Albatross Rd 3/2 now $679K, 242 Christofer Ct 3/2 now $729K, 232 Robinwood Cir 4/3 now $1.195M, 932 Whelk Dr 3/3 now $1.449M, 1743 Venus Dr 4/3.5 now $1.75M.

3 new sales: 376 Lake Murex Blvd 3/2 listed at $598K, 1245 Isabel Rd 3/3.5 listed at $1.548M, 4257 West Gulf Dr 4/4.5 listed at $4.495M

9 closed sales: 575 Piedmont Rd 3/2 $410K, 2114 Egret Cir 3/2 $475K, 1322 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 $500K, 1380 Jamaica Dr 2/2 $570K, 5303 Ladyfinger Lake Rd 3/2 $622K, 5267 Ladyfinger Lake Rd 3/2 $750K, 595 Birdsong Pl 4/2 $835K, 2388 Wulfert Rd 3/4 $1M, 283 Ferry Landing Dr 3/2 $1.675M.

LOTS

3 new listings: 9426 Sage Ct $287K, 223 Robinwood Cir $299K, 2288 Starfish Ln $499K.

No price changes.

1 new sale: 3013 Poinciana Cir listed at $244.9K.

No closed sales.

Captiva

CONDOS

No new listings or price changes.

2 new sales: Tennis Villas #3231 2/2 listed at $405K, Bayside Villas #5302 3/3 listed at $629.9K.

No closed sales.

HOMES

No new listings, price changes, or new sales.

3 closed sales: 19 Urchin Ct 2/2.5 $855K, 15 Seascape Ct 3/2.5 $985K, 16500 Captiva Dr 5/5 $4.225M.

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.)

rain‘til next Friday, here’s hoping the raindrops stay away & the sunsets continue like the one below!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

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Mid-July Happenings on Sanibel & Captiva Islands


HybiscusIt was a week of reverse summer weather on the islands, mostly hot days but with daily showers in the mornings, rather than late afternoon. The only exception was yesterday when we had rain “off and on” pretty much all day. A similar summer forecast continues with humid 90-degree days, more showers, and high 70’s at night expected for the next week. The good news is the island is green and “blooming”.

Although the island is not as busy this week as during the two weeks either side of the July 4th holiday, our listings had more showings and our Multiple Listing Service reported a couple of sales. The activity posted in the Sanibel & Captiva Islands MLS follows a couple of news items below, including a report about our July Association of Realtors® Membership Meeting.

SanibelSusan Realty Happenings

SanibelSusan Realty from Periwinkle WayThe SanibelSusan Team is busy finishing the annual update of our database. Since most of the “season” sales now are closed, we soon will be printing and mailing our island inventory list booklet.

This booklet is organized by island (Sanibel and Captiva), property type (condo, home, lot), and community or subdivision. It includes details on current inventory, as well as recent sales – good info whether you want to protect your investment, learn about the market, or if you are thinking of buying or selling. If you are not on our mailing list, but want to be, just give us a call or send us an email.

Though the last few weeks have been unusually slow, island inventory is low. Back in 2004, though that August was the month of several hurricanes, it also was one of my highest production months. Sometimes island real estate activity is driven by different outside elements including early fall weather somewhere or island-lovers remembering how the weather was back in their hometown the previous winter. Sales will pick up again so if you want to be up-to-date on the real estate happenings here, contact us now for your no-obligation copy of the booklet.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors®

SanCapAssnLogo2015 Nominating Committee – Monday had me finishing up my obligations on the local 2015 Association of Realtors® Nominating Committee. We interviewed several applicants for two upcoming board vacancies and have submitted recommendations for officers and candidates to the current Board of Directors. Election will be at our October annual meeting.

July Membership Meeting – During the professional development portion of the July membership meeting yesterday were two speakers:

  • SCCF logoJenny Evans, SCCF (Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation) Native Plant Nursery Manager, updated us on the progress at the 28+acre Bailey Homestead Preserve property which SCCF acquired in 2011. She knew we have been wondering when it will open and what has been going on there. That is the parcel across the street from the Donax Street/Periwinkle Way intersection. The back 19 acres of the property, which go as far back as The Dunes subdivision, will be undeveloped for wildlife habitat, while the front 9 acres bordering Periwinkle and where the old homestead sits, will be open by this fall (they hope). This is where drivers-by have observed plenty of activity over the last few years.
  • SCCF native Plant nurseryJenny said that much of the land was covered with invasive exotics – not so much Brazilian pepper which has been mostly removed thanks to the island-wide City Brazilian Pepper Eradication Program enacted in 1996. But, rather, covered with what she called secondary exotics which had choked out the native vegetation and the resulting wildlife habitat. So, their focus has been on removing invasives, repairing the old homestead structure itself (thanks to the Sanibel Hammerhead carpenters), building a new rest room (was interesting that SCCF had the same permitting problems that others experience here when trying to improve older non-conforming structures), preparing the parking areas, and building/planting around a large pond. The Native Plant Nursery will eventually be completely moved to this location with their new site plan providing for a variety of sample garden areas followed by the plants for sale. There also will be an open pavilion for classes and presentations. Although the Bailey home will be open for viewing too, the focus of the preserve will be conservation.
  • Pond-Apple-Park-071614_largeEntrance to the property will be shared and is where Pond Apple Park parking area is. The interior Homestead Preserve road once inside the property runs parallel to Periwinkle Way, which is why observers have seen so much activity there. Already open is the Shipley Trail which connects two City parks, Roadside City Park on Periwinkle and Pond Apple Park/Trail which begins at the Chamber of Commerce. The trails are connected by the Starr D. Thomas Memorial Boardwalk which was built in partnership with SCCF and the City.
  • Jenny reminded our members that each new island property owner receives a free 1-year membership to SCCF. They can get a property visit from a Landscaping for Wildlife expert too, to help them join in SCCF’s mission.
  • Sanibelcityseal logoJames Evans, Sanibel’s Director of Natural Resources (& no relation to Jenny), further updated us on invasives and offered some excellent tips on what to look-out for when working with new Sanibel buyers. Unfortunately, his presentation was cut short because of time limits, so we hope to have him back again soon.

rpacRealtor® Political Action Committee – Our local Realtor® association was mentioned in the Florida Realtors® July PAC update which came out last week. Although state goals are based on a calendar year with a few months to go, it was great news to read the following:

“Another Milestone for Florida…Each year the Realtor community sets new goals and challenges for each other to surpass – 2015 is no different! This year, the Sanibel and Captiva Island Association of Realtors (SCIAR) has set a new standard by raising $41,875 for the PAC. While this may seem small to some of our larger boards around Florida it represents raising 1193% of their goal AND 100% participation of SCIAR membership; this is a first in Florida and potentially a first for the REALTOR community nationwide.

Congratulations to SCIAR on their success in 2015!”

Our Sanibel/Captiva Association believes in this PAC because we have seen direct results. Our contributions support cleaning waterways, beach renourishment, competitive and affordable flood insurance, protecting the environment, protecting against ordinances harmful to real estate, and electing Realtor®-friendly legislators who protect property rights.

LCEC Reduces Rates Again

Lcec logoLCEC should put me on their payroll since I mention them so often, and it is always positive news. Here’s the latest from their July “News”.

“During the summer, electric costs can sometimes rise due to high temperatures and increased use of air conditioning. But for the second time this year, LCEC customers will see their bills going down thanks to a rate decrease that will go into effect July 1. LCEC is passing on savings from a reduction in the cost of power, resulting from a 2.1% rate decrease for residential customers. LCEC rates are the lowest amount electric cooperatives in Florida. LCEC rates fall 11.6% below the state average of all utilities.

“This is LCEC’s third rate reduction in the past 18 months. Last year, customers saw a reduction and earlier this year rates were reduced again. LCEC has not raised rates in the last seven years. We are committed to providing excellent service and continuing to maintain and upgrade the electric system while managing costs.”

Mayor Ruane Joins in Announcing Water Projects

Ruane & scottAs reported in the “Santiva Chronicle” yesterday:

“Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane joined Gov. Rick Scott in Bokeelia on Tuesday, July 14, to announce the funding of eight local projects within the Caloosahatchee watershed aimed at protecting and improving local water resources.

“Attending the announcement at the invitation of Gov. Scott, Ruane took note that watershed runoff accounts for more than 50% of the water volume that we receive annually and therefore is one of our greatest challenges to restoring the quality flows to the Caloosahatchee Estuary.

““Our unprecedented collaborative efforts on all working together, State, local and regional governments has resulted in the funding of these important projects.” The $1.7 million in funding from the State of Florida for these projects will require a dollar to dollar match from Lee County.”

Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity July 10-17

Sanibel

CONDOS

No new listings.

3 price changes: Tennisplace E31 2/1.5 now $359K, White Caps South #5 1/1 now $525K, Heron at The Sanctuary II #1B 2/2.5 now $650K.

1 new sale: Tennisplace #D31 1/1 listed for $239K.

2 closed sales: Seascape #201 3/3 $1.705M, Seascape #205 3/3 $1.705M.

HOMES

2 new listings: 760 Windlass Way 3/2 $1.089M, 1083 Bird Ln 4/3 $3.795M.

2 price changes: 1806 Ibis Ln 3/2 now $450K, 1525 San Carlos Bay Dr 3/2 now $1.675M.

5 new sales: 976 Sand Castle Rd 3/3 half-duplex listed for $495K, 499 Leather Fern Pl 3/2 listed for $625K, 554 East Rocks Dr 3/2 listed for $699K, 1291 Sand Castle Rd 5/3.5 listed for $779K, 657 Birdie View Pt 3/3 listed for $999K.

No closed sales.

LOTS

No new listings.

1 price change: 0 Sabal Sands Rd now $329K.

1 new sale: 1815 Ardsley Way listed for $197,555.

No closed sales.

Captiva

CONDOS

No new listings, price changes, or new sales.

1 closed sale: Lands End Village #161 3/3 $1.85M.

HOMES

No new listings or price changes.

1 new sale: 11516 Andy Rosse Ln 6/6 listed for $2.349M.

1 closed sale: 16428 Captiva Dr 7/8/2 $8.6M.

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.

cute-umbrella-clipart-Umbrella-Clip-art-17Until next week, keep the umbrella handy – or just wait a minute – that’s about how long it takes for the summer weather to change here on the islands!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

What’s Happening Now on Sanibel & Captiva Islands


It’s SanibelSusan again with some Friday scoop. My team and I have been busy all week with action items on new listings, upcoming closings, and recently negotiated contracts, but new business was markedly slower this week, while traffic was markedly improved.

Yesterday’s Realtor® Caravan Meeting was lightly attended and showing activity/inquiries were down too. Below after a couple of news items is the activity posted in the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service this week.

Community House Renovation Plans Moving Ahead

Community Ctr renovationCommunity House logoIt was with interest that the April-May newsletter of the Sanibel Community Association “The House News” reported the following:

“The long-anticipated renovation of the Community House is moving forward, with building and site plans being completed this year and primary construction now expected to happen in the Summer of 2016. This will allow the House to host its normal schedule of activities during next season (2015/2016) without disruption.

“The renewal project will restore the historic North Room, in a manner consistent with its designation as a historical landmark, and the overall outside appearance of the Community House will be designed to be compatible with the “Olde Florida” style. Inside, the House will receive a major modernization, with upgraded electrical, plumbing, and audio-visual equipment, expanded and modernized kitchen and rest room facilities, and more flexible interior space, and a fresh look.”

A subsequent, email update today from SCA covered some points from their recent annual meeting including: that the last major renovation there occurred in the 70’s when the auditorium was added. After the upcoming summer 2016 renovation, the facility is expected to reopen in October. Local architect (& fellow Sanibel Chorus alto) Amy Nowacki has been appointed to design the project. Benchmark has been engaged as General Contractor. Cost for the project is estimated to be slightly under $2M.

“In the presentation to SCA membership, a new vision was outlined for how the Community House could participate in the Civic Core operations. “While SCA’s Board has decided to renovate its current building rather than construct a new Community House on the north side of Periwinkle at this time, we hope to be able to move SCA’s major outdoor festival-type events across the street to the planned Civic Core Community Green. This would include things like the major Arts & Crafts Fairs which operate over several days during the height of season. Locating those events on the Community Green would give them a more comfortable setting and make for easier parking and pedestrian access.

“SCA’s vision calls for the Civic Core project to include construction of an open-air pavilion on the Community Green that would serve as a base for the outdoor festival events and be available for other types of open-air functions, with parking provided by the new Civic Core shared parking lots. SCA plans to advance this idea with the City and other Civic Core stakeholder groups.”

Sweet Island Message

Facebook logoA couple of my teammates scowl when they hear that I have posted something on social media, particularly Facebook. But being a forward-thinking professional, I want to ensure that our business is marketed in whatever way necessary to best serve our clients and customers. Experts advise that younger generations rely on social media for business as well as pleasure, and since I have both received listings and found new prospective buyers through social media, my adventure into technology will continue.

What really irritates me though about social media, especially this week, is the amount of negativity that is posted and then perpetuated. My Dad always said “if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” I know that I don’t always follow that advice, so it is heartwarming to read what I consider a “sweet message” once in a while.

Seal_of_Maine_svgOn Facebook, there is a closed group called “Beautiful Sanibel Island”. The only requirement to join is that you “love Sanibel Island”. With over 6,000 followers, it is bound to have some naysayers occasionally and it does; but when I read the below message this morning from a gal who was here on visiting, I said to myself, “I must share this.” (Warmed my heart even more to see that the author is from Maine too! Those gals tell it like it is!)

“I returned home after another week in paradise a few days ago. The respect that everyone, young and old has for this magical island never ceases to amaze me. I just want to share 2 of my favorite interactions. I noticed a little girl, approximately 7 years old on a sandbar, holding the most beautiful, HUGE Lightening Whelk. I approached her to take a look and she, in a very matter of fact way says, “we can’t keep it, he’s alive”. It warmed my heart. The second was while I was taking a walk near the lighthouse. I saw a gentleman in his mid twenties, nice looking, nice physique, carrying something toward the water. I walked over to see what he had. It was a little Leopard crab. The handsome, young man says, “poor little fella, I need to get him back to the ocean. I hope he’ll be alright”. God, I love Sanibel…”

The Sanctuary Golf Club says “Please, Pardon the Dust…”

The Sanctuary Sign2July08As yet another indication that “season” is over, the following article was in the April issue of the “Sanctuary Sound”.

sanctuary golf club logo“The Members of The Sanctuary Golf Club have made a decision to remodel, redecorate, and refresh! …

“First, the Clubhouse will be remodeled. The integrity of the brand will remain but new furnishings, paint, carpet, decorations, etc. will be added to refresh the Club. Next, the outside dining will be enhanced to capture the magnificent golf course view. Lastly, the fitness center and pool will be removed for a 5,000 sq. ft. Tennis & Wellness building. It will include new state-of-the-art fitness equipment, an aerobics room, massage therapy rooms, and locker rooms. The lap pool will augment the exercise programs to include water aerobics…these changes will begin May 2016.”

Note: Their social membership is capped at 100 with 14 currently on the waiting listing. With normal attrition just 2 to 4 members a year, if you are considering joining The Sanctuary as a social member, it makes sense to complete an application and get your name on the list now. There are no fees for the applying. For more info, contact Sheryl Tatum, Director of Membership, 239-332-5182 or statum@sanctuarygc.net.

RPAC Hair Color Challenge

rpacAt our Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® Caravan Meeting yesterday, I challenged colleagues to change their hair color as part of our annual fundraiser for RPAC. RPAC (Realtor® Political Action Committee) contributions support a variety of things affecting all of us. Those issues include electing Realtor®-friendly legislators who protect property rights, competitive and affordable flood insurance, protecting the environment, cleaning waterways, and re-nourishing beaches. Realtor® dollars contributed to RPAC are used: 30% to national issues, 45% to Florida (http://pac.floridarealtors.org), while 25% may be used by local associations.

SanCapAssnLogoEach May, after “season”, our Sanibel/Captiva Association hosts an event which originally was known as “The Over-the-Hump Party”. This year, the event includes advance raffle-ticket sales, a golf tournament, and both silent and live auctions with items donated by members, plus an after-party. The purpose is to celebrate that we made it through another “season” and to raise money for RPAC.

The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® may be small, but we recognize the importance of RPAC. SanibelSusan’s challenge adds just a different twist to raising a few more dollars this year. Those taking the challenge only need to color their hair wild and colorful before the event on May 20. If they meet the challenge, I will make a contribution toward their RPAC goal, provided they are more than 50% vested themselves. Goal levels begin at just $100.

If I am the only one on the island with pink hair in a few weeks, you will know that no one took my challenge, but I am hopeful that you will see some fun local color soon! Sanibel/Captiva took home four of the five state RPAC awards last year for a board of our size. This year we are hoping for five out of five! The gauntlet has been thrown.

Six Florida Islands That Are Better (And Usually Cheaper) Than The Caribbean

huff post travel logoHere is the intro to an article posted this week on the Huffington Post’s “HuffPost Travel”:

“If you’re craving an exotic beach escape to one of the best islands in the world, then head to Florida. Floridian islands made up three of TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Islands In The U.S. this year. They’re so stunning that earlier this year, the tourism bureau of Ithica, New York even begged travelers to go, to forgo the city to visit Florida’s islands instead. While getting to the Caribbean can be a schlep for your luggage and tough on your wallet, visiting Florida’s islands will not require going through customs and are often, though not always, cheaper to get to.”

The write-up included the below photo and had this to say about Sanibel: “Sanibel Island – With no chain stores, no stoplights and a population of just about 7,000 people, this place is pure, quiet island bliss. Hunt for seashells on the beach, or chow down on chicken wings at the Lazy Flamingo.”

HuffingtonPost photo 4-28-15

Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity April 24—May 1 

Sanibel

CONDOS

1 new listing: Sunset South #2D 2/2 $525K.

3 price changes: Mariner Pointe #813 2/2 now $459K, Blind Pass #G203 2/2 now $490K, Seascape #201 3/3 now $1.795M.

3 new sales: Lighthouse Point #231 2/2 listed for $670K, Lighthouse Point #323 3/2 listed for $899K, Nutmeg Village #214 2/2 listed for $995K.

2 closed sales: Lighthouse Point #132 2/2 $475K, Sundial #E408 2/2 $875K.

HOMES

8 new listings: 1744 Bunting Ln 4/2 $649K, 588 Boulder Dr 3/2.5 $795K, 1251 Sand Castle Rd 4/3 $824.9K (short sale), 557 N Yachtsman Dr 4/3 $849K, 236 Palm Lake Dr 3/2 $879K, 660 Oliva St 3/2 $950K, 2540 Coconut Dr 4/3.5 $979K, 750 Periwinkle Way 4/4 $1.998M.

8 price changes: 9032 Mockingbird Dr 3/2 now $599.65K; 420 East Gulf Dr 3/3 now $719K; 1528 Angel Dr 3/2 now $749K; 5424 Shearwater Dr 3/2.5 half-duplex now $795K; 518 N Yachtsman Dr 3/3 now $998.5K; 1224 Par View Dr 3/3 now $1.099M, 1137 Golden Olive Ct 5/3.5 now $2.175M; 5615 Baltusrol Ct 4/4/3 now $3,999,999.

6 new sales: 2220 Camino Del Mar Dr 3/3 listed for $599K, 238 Southwinds Dr 3/2 listed for $625K, 1755 Jewel Box Dr 3/2 listed for $699K, 395 Old Trail Rd 5/4 listed for $815K, 1101 Schooner Pl 3/2.5 listed for $1.189M, 375 East Gulf Dr 4/3 listed for $1.395M.

7 closed sales: 1938 Roseate Ln 3/2 $325K, 744 Martha’s Ln 2/2 $449K (our listing, photo below), 1691 Sand Castle Rd 3/2.5 half-duplex $469K, 1228 Anhinga Ln 3/2 $570K, 543 Chert Ct 3/2 $630K, 5880 Sanibel Captiva Rd 3/2 $865K, 1331 Sand Castle Rd 3/2.5 $891K.

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LOTS

No new listings or price changes.

1 new sales: 223 Robinwood Cir listed for $195K.

2 closed sales: 2324 Starfish Ln $425K, 4334 West Gulf Dr $850K.

Captiva

CONDOS

3 new listings: Beach Villas #2422 1/1 $539K, Beach Homes 37 2/2 $1.795M, Beach Homes #8 3/3 $2.7M.

No price changes.

1 new sale: Bayside Villas #5144 1/2 listed for $299.5K.

1 closed sale: Lands End Village #1601 2/2 $1.225M.

HOMES

No new listings, price changes, or new sales.

2 closed sales: 16249 Captiva Dr 3/2.5 $2.025M, 1 Sunset Captiva Ln 2/2.5 $2.175M.

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.

Best wishes for a great weekend, SanibelSusan (Susan Andrews)

Hot Real Estate Market on Sanibel As High Season Winds Down


It’s another happy Friday with SanibelSusan again reporting a busy week for The Sanibel Susan Team. Who said “season is over?”

SANSLogoThis week, our company had good action with listings shown, new listings and new offers received, new sales negotiated, and we been out showing property too.

Below, after a couple of news items, is the activity posted in the Sanibel and Captiva Multiple Listing Service over the last seven days.

What A Difference a Year Makes

sancap GO MLS logoThough plenty of “under contract” listings remain on the books with many expected to close in May, it is interesting to take a snapshot of the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service statistics now compared to the same time last year.

Below are the closed sales from the first of the year until today. What a difference a year makes!

SANIBEL SALES from January 1 to April 24

                2015                        2014

Type       #      Average $        #     Average $

Condos   59   $718,979          52   $679,516

Homes    87    $860,546         68   $787,446

Lots        16     $283,150        10    $510,356

CAPTIVA SALES from January 1 to April 24

                2015                      2014

Type        #       Average $     #     Average $

Condos  13      $1,212,538    6     $443,667

Homes   8        $3,060,312   11  $2,732,045

Lots        2        $2,847,500      0     N/A

Wondering how many properties are available and remaining to be sold? Or how many are under contract awaiting closing?

SANIBEL UNDER CONTRACT: 29 condos, 64 homes, and 10 lots.

CAPTIVA UNDER CONTRACT: 6 condos, 3 homes, and 2 lots.

FOR SALE ON SANIBEL: 106 condos, 131 homes, and 77 lots

FOR SALE ON CAPTIVA: 41 condos, 47 homes, and 3 lots.

Yes, the market is on the upswing and The SanibelSusan Team is looking for listings!

April Membership Meeting – Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors®

SanCapAssnLogoYesterday, at our local Realtors® April Membership Meeting guest speakers were SCCF (Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation) Director of Natural Resources, Rae Ann Wessel, and two Sanibel City Councilmen – the newest member Chauncey Goss and long-standing member Jim Jennings.

With discussion focused around water quality and how it affects all of us including real estate values, the speakers were complimentary about the report recently finalized by Florida Realtors® titled “The Impact of Water Quality on Florida’s Home Values” (Here’s a link: valueshttp://www.floridarealtors.org/ResearchAndStatistics/Other-Research-Reports/upload/FR_WaterQuality_Final_Mar2015.pdf). The persistent hard work by many local Realtors® was the impetus behind this report which is now a tool available for and used by our speakers and other officials in proving their point about the effects of water quality on businesses and property here.

Rae Ann advised that this summer with El Nino effects expected, the rainy season may be much like it was in 2013 and 2005 when there were high water releases from Lake “O” which resulted in fresh water being pushed down the Caloosahatchee River and some miles out into the gulf.

Florida voters – 75% of them – spoke loud and clear in support of protecting the state’s natural resources when Amendment 1 was approved. Now, we also must assure that the funding (estimated at more than $700M this year alone) is spent for the projects and purposes identified in the amendment. If you haven’t yet voiced your support, please to go SCCF’s web site to learn more. The end of a 2015 Land Purchase Option is coming up so it is important that projects to both improve water flow and store water remain in the minds of our state and federal leaders. http://www.sccf.org/content/292/Amendment-1—-Protect-Our-Voter-Mandate.aspx

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Councilmen also spoke of the City’s recent work toward policies that will help in redevelopment, particularly of old commercial spaces. The need to come up with solutions to island “high season” traffic problems was discussed too. They expect we will hear more on that subject in the upcoming months.

During the Caravan portion of the meeting, only three properties were announced as being on tour, so beginning May 1 these Thursday morning weekly meetings will transition to the summer schedule of every other week. That schedule will continue until listing inventory increases significantly, usually November.

Time Is Running Out

Ding Darling signAs follow-up to my mention of the need to contact legislative leaders about using the funds to support Amendment 1, I noticed the following message yesterday on “Ding on the Wing” online:

 

“Only a very short time remains until the Florida legislature and Governor Scott decide on the use of Amendment 1 money.  The EAA Reservoir Project is an essential element in the restoration of the Everglades and, as a result, will help dramatically reduce the summer flow of contaminated water from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee and hence the  Refuge watershed.  Funding must be secured by April to make this happen. Buy the Land to Start the Plan. This is an investment in our community, our economy and our future.  Thanks for taking action today!

“Even if you have contacted Governor Scott before, please do so again  Click Here.  Even if you are not a Florida resident, but come to Southwest Florida or own a second home, your voice matters.  Drinking water and wildlife will be negatively impacted, as well as the economy.   Please contact the governor TODAY.”

Southwest Florida International Airport

SW FL international airportOur friends at Oceans Reach posted the following info on their Facebook page this week. Good scoop about how the local Southwest Florida airport continues to expand their service, making it easier than ever to get to your favorite beach destination!

“Here is the latest air service news from Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers. The following airlines are adding new or additional routes:

“Air Canada Air Canada will operate up to four weekly flights to Toronto (YYZ) this summer, compared to two flights during the same period last year. Flights can be booked at www.aircanada.com.

“Frontier Airlines Frontier will inaugurate daily nonstop service to Cincinnati (CVG) on April 30. Frontier recently started weekly nonstop service to Chicago-O’Hare (ORD), Cleveland (CLE), Milwaukee (MKE), St. Louis (STL) and Washington, D.C.-Dulles (IAD). This will complement their existing service to Denver (DEN) and Trenton (TTN). Flights can be booked at www.flyfrontier.com.

“Southwest Airlines Southwest will inaugurate weekly nonstop service to Houston-Hobby (HOU) on April 11, 2015. Southwest recently resumed seasonal daily nonstop service to Kansas City (MCI); Saturday-only service to Albany (ALB), Boston (BOS), Cleveland (CLE), Denver (DEN), Islip (ISP) and Minneapolis (MSP). Flights can be booked at www.southwest.com.

“Spirit Airlines Spirit will inaugurate daily nonstop service to Atlanta (ATL) on Sept. 10, 2015. Spirit recently started weekly nonstop service to Cleveland (CLE) and Latrobe/Pittsburgh’s Arnold Palmer Regional Airport (LBE). Flights can be booked at www.spirit.com.

“Sun Country Sun Country will inaugurate weekly nonstop service to San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) on May 3. The flights will operate on Thursdays and Sundays through Aug. 23, 2015. This will complement Sun Country’s daily nonstop service to Minneapolis-Saint Paul (MSP). Flights can be booked at www.suncountry.com.

“WestJet WestJet will operate up to five weekly flights to Toronto (YYZ) this summer, compared to four flights during this same period last year. Flights can be booked at www.westjet.com.

“For additional details and the full list of nonstop destinations serviced from RSW, please click here.”

Upcoming Prescribed Burns on Sanibel

Ding Darling Society logoAs reported in today’s “Island Sun”, “on Monday, a public information meeting was held at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge Visitors & Education Center with refuge personnel, city and conservation staff and officials from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service discussing the plan for prescribed burn location on Sanibel this spring and summer.

“Currently, six locations on the island are being targeted for burns this year. They include”

  • The refuge’s Botanical Site, located south of Sanibel-Captiva Road across from The Sanibel School.
  • SCCF’s Center Tract, located between Sanibel-Captiva Road and Lake Murex Circle.
  • The Postell Tract, located between Rabbit Road and the Lake Murex subdivision.
  • Sanibel Gardens Preserve, located off Island Inn Road.
  • Frannie’s Preserve, located off Tarpon Bay Road.
  • Gulfside City Park, located between Algiers Lane and Casa Ybel Road.

“These spots include not just what we’re planning this spring and summer, but what our partners are planning to do,” Refuge Manager Paul Tritaik told the crowd. “What we want to have is a safe and effective burn for us and for the local wildlife.”

“Fire is a natural part of Florida’s ecosystem, historically set by lightning. Because of this history of periodic fires, many of Florida’s natural communities are adapted to burning. “Many plants and animals depend on and benefit from fire. Without fire, native plants and animals have a much harder time surviving in these habitats,” said Tritaik.”

“…Carefully planning and conducting managed burns can prevent the likelihood of catastrophic wildfires and help preserve the natural ecology of the area. Fire managers evaluate environmental conditions – including temperature, relative humidity, recent rainfalls, wind speed and direction and soil moisture – in order to determine the type of burn that can be conducted.

“…Prescribed fire burn plans have been approved by regional fire experts from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and authorization will be obtained from the state of Florida immediately prior to conducting prescribed burns. The refuge will implement prescribed burning as soon as the property conditions are present. USFWS firefighters from the Southern Florida/Caribbean Fire District and other agency partners including the National Park Service and Florida Forest Service – will be conducting the burns along with assistance from local agencies, which include the Sanibel Police Department, Sanibel Fire & Rescue District, the City of Sanibel and Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation.

“…”We’re not going to be burning more than one location at a time,” Tritaik assured residents attending the meeting.

“Prescribe burns have been conducted for many years at J.N. “Ding” Carling National Wildlife Refuge and have demonstrated to be a cost-effective tool for reducing the risk of serious wildfires. Due to difficulties in predicting weather, the refuge is not able to notify the public of the exact day the prescribed burn will be conducted. However, landowners adjacent to the burn areas and local fire departments will be notified as soon as conditions warrant the scheduling of a burn (usually 24 to 48 hours advanced notice).

“According to Supervisory Refuge Manager Toni Westland, burn managers and partners will staff an information booth at The Sanibel Recreation Center to answer questions before and during a prescribed burn….”

Reducing The Risk of Wildfires – As a homeowner, there are many things that you can do to reduce the wildfire risk around your home. Suggestions include:

  • Trimming dead palm fronds from trees.
  • Trimming any tall grasses near the home.
  • Pruning large, leafy hardwood trees so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet high.
  • Removing combustible materials such as gasoline containers, firewood and building supplies from being stored underneath or around the home.
  • Keeping mulch and other landscaping material well watered.”

Health Matters – What Should You Do? – On the day of a prescribed burn, people who may be negatively affected by health issues triggered by smoke should consider doing the following:

  • Stay indoors
  • Close your windows and turn on your air conditioning unit
  • Make sure you have all of your medications on hand (i.e., asthma inhalers, oxygen tanks, pills, etc.)
  • Bring your pets indoors
  • If possible, leave the island for the duration of the prescribed burn.”

The Sanibel School Seahorse Festival 2015

2015 seahorse festivalThe Sanibel School Seahorse Festival 2015 is coming up on Saturday, May 2 from 4 to 8 p.m. at The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club. Open to the public, adults are free, children $10, parking $5.

Come out and support the island’s blue ribbon school.

Family fun for a great cause. www.SanibelSchool.org

Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity April 17-24 

Sanibel

CONDOS

4 new listings: Spanish Cay #F2 1/1 $274.9K (our listing), Captains Walk #F6 2/2 $319.9K, Ibis at The Sanctuary #A301 2/2 $463K, Sundial #O201 2/2 $699K (our listing).

1 price change: West Shore #3 3/3 now $1.749M.

8 new sales: Spanish Cay #A7 1/1 listed for $249.9K (our listing), Coquina Beach #4B 2/2 listed for $449K, Loggerhead Cay #353 2/2 listed for $499K (our listing), Mariner Pointe #421 2/2.5 townhome listed for $599K, Nutmeg Village #304 2/2 listed for $649.9K, Pelicans Roost #101 2/2 listed for $775K (our sale), Seascape #105 3/3 listed for $1.825M, Seascape #205 3/3 listed for $1.849M.

4 closed sales: Sundial #I301 1/1 $365K, Sanibel Siesta #105 2/2 $398K, Kings Crown #216 2/2 $899.5K, Kings Crown #101 2/2 $1.05M.

HOMES

5 new listings: 1065 Fish Crow Rd 2/2 $799K, 9470 Balsa Ct 3/3 $825K, 1041 Blue Heron Dr 3/2.5 $839K, 932 Whelk Dr 3/3 $1.55M, 1126 Harbour Cottage Ct 3/2 $1.695M.

4 price changes: 9012 Mockingbird Dr 3/2 now $579K, 1024 S Yachtsman Dr 3/2 duplex now $599.9K, 1710 Sand Pebble Way 3/2 now $679K, 1490 Middle Gulf Dr 3/4.5 now $1.695M.

5 new sales: 4109 Sanibel Captiva Rd 2/1 listed for $389K, 741 Nerita St 3/2 listed for $639.9K, 1842 Woodring Rd 3/3.5 listed for $1.998M, 4627 Rue Belle Mer 3/2.5 listed for $2.995M, 1204 Isabel Dr 3/3.5 listed for $3.795M.

5 closed sales: 581 East Rocks Dr 3/2 $378K (short sale), 1825 Ardsley Way 3/2 $480K, 728 Windlass Way 3/2 $615K, 1209 Sand Castle Rd 3/3 $730K, 401 Lagoon Dr 4/4 $845K, 3744 West Gulf Dr 4/4 $1.5M.

LOTS

1 new listing: 6411 Pine Ave $379.5K.

No price changes.

1 new sale: 643 East Rocks Dr listed for $335K.

2 closed sales: 1301 Par View Dr $207K, 9426 Sage Ct $212.5K.

Captiva

CONDOS

No new listings.

1 price change: Sunset Beach Villas #2337 2/2 now $710K.

1 new sale: Bayside Villas #5318 3/3 listed for $625K.

1 closed sale: Bayside Villas #5222 1/2 $312K.

HOMES

No new listings.

1 price change: 15009 Binder Dr 4/5.5 now $2.595M.

No price changes or new sales.

1 closed sale: 11491 Dickey Ln 4/4 $1.58M.

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.

BEST WEEKEND WISHES TO ALL!

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