Gearing Up for Florida Realtors

Here it is, the end of another quiet week on Sanibel Island. Local schools started up again yesterday so though the hot weather continues, the feeling is that summer is over.

2017-08-08 Lighthouse beach log

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

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Next week are Florida Realtors® 101st Annual Convention/Trade Expo & Governance Meetings in Orlando. The convention schedule changed this year to encourage more attendance in the educational sessions by combining them into Wednesday and Thursday and pushing the Governance meetings into Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Though that shortens the number of days away for some, many of the leadership team will be there for six days. Thankfully today’s technology allows business to continue from any location and having a great team back at the office, ensures it.

Tuesday, SanibelSusan will be sitting on one of the Instructors’ Audition Panels. That is where about 40 state Professional Development Committee members will hear instructors hoping to be approved to teach Florida Realtors®-approved classes. Those trying out could be 1st time instructors or already-approved teachers wanting to expand their curriculum. It’s an all-day event, with four audition panels each hearing eight presentations. My panel will rate teachers for the Realtors Institute as well as some teaching sales contract basics, international real estate, pricing in a competitive market, and continuing education classes. I have served on these panels many times and it’s always a long, but fun and productive day.

Wednesday/Thursday I will serve as an Education Ambassador during some educational sessions. Then, when the state governance committees meet Friday, you will find me at the Legislative Think Tank, followed by the Resort/2nd Home Group.

On Saturday, the Professional Development Committee meets and our District Caucus from Southwest Florida shares their input from their various committee meetings in preparation for the upcoming Board of Directors Meeting.  Sunday morning I am honored to be one of the Sanibel & Captiva Association’s two voting members at the BOD meeting.

No convention is all work, so many Realtors® including me, also are looking forward to hearing the opening session speaker, Daymond John (of “SharkTank” fame) on “Branding & Entrepreneurial Strategies”. The closing session speaker is George Blankenship (former executive at Tesla, Apple, & The Gap) who will talk about “The Customer Experience”.

In between, there is an Awards Luncheon with performers from Cirque Dreams and a few events for PAC major investors, including a luncheon with speech by Jimmy Patronis, Florida’s new Chief Financial Officer. Did I mention the evening Tailgate Party and fun with Party on the Moon (American’s #1 Dance Band)?

Seriously, lots of work gets accomplished, the networking is terrific, and even though this annual event is always in the “off season”, our listings usually get an offer while I’m away. The SanibelSusan Team and I are hoping this year is no exception. Teammates David, Elise, and Lisa will be covering things on the island, while I will have all of my techno-gadgets with me.

Sanibel-Captiva Islands Association of Realtors

Sanibel realtors logoThough yesterday’s biweekly Caravan Meeting was well attended, there sure was not much announced. Our new listing at Captains Walk was the only property on the following Open House Caravan.

Our new listing at Spanish Cay was one of the few new listings announced and I also recognized Realtor® Anna Turner for selling our listing in Lake Murex that closed this week.

It also was a great opportunity to thank the Association’s generous and hard-working colleagues for their support in the many charitable projects our Communications and Public Relations Committee has spearheaded this summer. If you read the local papers or follow us on Facebook, you’ve probably seen our latest press release with photos.

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

SCCF “Stormy Weather, Hurricanes, Waterspouts, & Lightning”

SCCF logoIf you are on-island next week, on August 14, SCCF’s Education Director Kristie Anders will explain how weather impacts Southwest Florida. Her “stormy weather, hurricanes, waterspouts, and lightning” presentation originally designed for Realtors® to help with hurricane preparation, has evolved into more about the science behind these storms. Be at SCCF’s Nature Center on Mon at 10 a.m. to hear her presentation.

Sanibel Communities for Clean Water (SCCW) Program

logo-v2As reported in the “Island Sun” this week, “Last month, the City of Sanibel officially launched a new interactive website created for the Sanibel Communities for Clean Water (SCCW) Program, established to educate island residents about water quality in their individual communities and provide science-based solutions to how to cost-effectively improve water quality.

“The idea of the SCCW program, which was based off the data gathered during the Sanibel Community Lakes Baseline Water Quality Study, was conceived by the City’s Natural Resources Department working in partnership with the SCCF Marine Lab. Five weeks ago, the website – – went live.

“According to Dana Dettmar, the City’s Environmental Specialist who oversaw the development of the website, the Sanibel Community Lakes Baseline Water Quality Study was part of Phase 3 of the City’s Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) to help identify nutrient hotspots o Sanibel.

“”The first two phases of the CNMP helped to point out gaps in the data that needed to be addressed,” said Dettmar. “One of the gaps that needed to be further explored was the surface water data of on-island freshwater lakes, ponds, and storm-water catchments.”

“On the website’s homepage, it explains that eutrophication – the excessive richness of nutrients in a lake or other body of water, frequently caused by runoff from the land – is both a local and global issue.

“”Your impact on the island’s water quality begins in your backyard,” the website states. “Activities like fertilizing your lawn adds excess nutrients, nitrogen and phosphorus, to storm-water runoff and groundwater. These nutrients can then enter lakes, ponds canals, the Sanibel Slough and the Gulf.”

“As excess nutrients accumulate in the ecosystem, they can cause an unnatural increase in nutrient concentrations. Excess nutrients stimulate the growth of algae and aquatic nuisance plants. As a result, water clarity is decreased, availability of oxygen to aquatic organisms is limited, and fish die in large numbers.

“Website users simply select their individual neighborhood, which then directs them to that community’s own page. Each of Sanibel’s 72 neighborhoods (with lakes, ponds, etc.) is ranked by the level of concern, with an accompanying data summary of information…. The page also offers recommended actions…. The Natural Resources Department is also planning to hold community lake management workshops this fall and winter to discuss the program and various… practices that can be implemented to improve water quality….”

4 Quick Fixes Sellers Should Avoid

House logic logoA few helpful tips in the “Daily Real Estate News” reported at Realtor®Mag on-line on August 2, 2017.

“It’s often a mad dash when sellers are working to get their home on the market or even to just clean up ahead of a showing. But some common cleanup tools can actually do more damage than many people realize. HouseLogic identified a few common products that can create big problems, so you can be the expert your clients need and help them protect their investments.

“1. Bleach is a common cure-all, but this caustic chemical can eat through the sealant on stone surfaces, discolor laminate and grout, fade enamel and acrylic tubs, dissolve linoleum, and corrode seals in a garbage disposal. While it does kill mold on nonporous surfaces, it can create a future feeding ground for mold on absorbent and porous materials, such as grout. Instead, advise clients to use water and vinegar or a commercial antifungal product for major cleanup jobs.

“2. It may seem obvious to note that glass cleaner is for glass, but many home owners use it for a multitude of surfaces. This can lead to what’s known as “black edge” on mirrors, where the liquid seeps beneath the reflective backing and lifts it. Instead, a lint-free microfiber cloth dampened with warm water does wonders to clean and protect mirrors in expensive installed items such as vanities and closet doors, as long as homeowners avoid the edges and dry immediately with a second cloth.

“3. Mulch offers a simple alternative to weeding, but it’s easy to overdo it. A layer thicker than 3” can suffocate plants and prevent water from reaching roots, so encourage homeowners to spread thoughtfully.

“4. Slow drains are an annoyance, but a busted pipe could derail your sale. Caution sellers against using drain cleaners that contain hydrochloric acid and sulfuric acid, which can erode plumbing. Even the old baking soda-and-vinegar medley can create cracks, as the chemical reaction causes a build-up of pressure. Old-fashioned “mechanical” methods—plungers, drain snakes, or a handy $2 gadget called the Zip-It—are safer and more effective, according to Consumer Reports.”

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service sancap GO MLS logoActivity August 4-11, 2017



5 new listings: Captains Walk #B2 1/1 $274K (our listing) photos below, Sanibel Arms West #G8 2/2 $499K, Sandpiper Beach #501 2/2 $695K, Lighthouse Point #327 3/2 $849K, Sanibel Moorings #1221 3/2.5 $1.195M.

No price changes:

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

No closed sales.


2 new listings: 1327 Tahiti Dr 2/2 $634.5K, 1314 Par View Dr 3/2 $899K.

6 price changes: 9459 Begonia Ct ¾ now $639K, 1550 Bunting Ln 2/2.5 now $644K, 3784 Coquina Dr 3/3 now $649.9K, 1807 Buckthorn Ln 3/2 now $685K, 1672 Hibiscus 3/2 now $1,249,995, 1743 Venus Dr 4/3.5 now $1.675M.

4 new sales: 9113 Mockingbird Dr 3/3.5 listed at $599,999, 587 Sea Oats Dr 3/2 listed at $685K, 732 Windlass Way 4/3.5 listed at $1.195M, 750 Periwinkle Way 5/4 listed at $1.75M..

6 closed sales: 1212 Par View Dr 2/2 $515K, 376 Lake Murex Blvd 3/2 $525K, 1918 Ibis Ln 3/3 $610K, 625 Lake Murex Cir 3/2.5 $640K (our listing), 5056 Joewood Dr. 3/2 $718K, 6494 San-Cap Rd 3/2 $1.68M.


1 new listing: 1340 Eagle Run $299K.

1 price change: 5251 Indian Ct now $744K.

No new sales & no closed sales.



1 new listing: Marina Villas #601 2/2 $785K

No price changes.

1 new sale: Lands End Village #1614 3/3 listed at $2.575M. No closed sales.


No new listings, price changes or new sales.

1 closed sale: 14980 Binder Dr 4/3 $1.05M.


Nothing to report.

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

Until next Friday, I hope you enjoy your weekend!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

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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”

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.

SanibelSusan July 4 2015

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



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.


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.


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

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

No new or closed sales.



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

No price changes, new or closed sales.


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.


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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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

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 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®.


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 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



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.


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.


No new listings.

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

No new sales.

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


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

Good Friday 2017 on Sunny Sanibel Island

It’s Susan and The SanibelSusan Team reporting a fun week on the island with continuing reports of “where is the Vice President now” and beaches, bike paths, and roadways often busy with vacationing visitors and families.

Sanibel Captiva Association of Realtors®

sancap GO MLS logoThe local Association of Realtors® Caravan meeting yesterday was well attended. Not many sales were announced, but a few more price reductions, and new listings. With high season wrapping up, more sales closed this week, so below is another update based on today’s Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service data.  A report on the activity posted this week follows a few news items.

Sanibel Year-to-Date (1/1-4/14/17):

Condos – 41 sold/closed, 23 under contract, 108 for sale (average days-on-market = 209)

Homes – 64 sold/closed, 48 under contract, 186 for sale (average days-on-market = 180)

Lots – 12 sold/closed, 8 under contract, 64 for sale (average days-on-market = 390)

SanibelSusan Realty Associates

SanibelSusan Realty from Periwinkle WayWith the island busy, I put a condo under contract, accompanied a showing, was out showing homes two days, and have fielded many requests for listing info. Also, spent time negotiating a couple of offers – no official news yet to report – just that things are in the works.

Teammate Dave held Open Houses for three days at vacant condos. Attendance was sporadic, probably related to the wonderful weather here all week.VP

Where is Vice President Pence?

Spottings of Vice President Pence and his family vacationing this week were frequent and sometimes humorous. Our travel wasn’t affected much by their visit and we hope they had a terrific vacation.  Here is SanibelSusan’s version of the week’s events.

Saturday, when I left the island late afternoon to do a little shopping just off island, I noticed multiple sheriff vehicles at every intersection from Harbour Cottages to Kelly Greens. All were quietly waiting, except the unmarked vehicle with lights flashing at the McGregor Blvd/Summerlin Rd intersection. I also saw a few spectators in lawn chairs near the entrance to Mariner Pointe, so it appeared the Vice President was arriving soon.

He arrived by motorcade – about 20 vehicles – just after 5 p.m. The quiet motorcade turned up Dixie Beach Blvd which had the island abuzz about “where is he staying?”. Turns out, we later heard that he has been vacationing here for many years. This trip he stayed in a bayside home on San Carlos Bay Dr. Those living in the neighborhood confirmed Secret Service sightings and some of their boats and vehicles being searched – all very quietly and professionally.

Sunday, he and his wife attended the 8 a.m. service at Sanibel Community Church. Another parishioner who usually also attends that early service, said they must have known they were coming, as the choir performed and usually they are at the later services. Later Sunday, the Vice President and Mrs. Pence were spotted walking on the beach. That night, there were more sightings when they dined at The Timbers. You-know-who got his picture taken with him and word is that the photo was framed and on the wall that evening. A client, there at the same time, dining with family said the Secret Service agents were very nice.

Monday, Vice President Pence left the island early for a quick trip to DC for the swearing in of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. When I came back on island early Monday evening after another quick run overseas, I passed a large group of 15-20 Lee County sheriff motorcycles and cars leaving the island. I found out later that they had just been part of the VP’s escort back on island.

Tuesday dinner, photos were posted of them at Matzaluna Restaurant. (I wonder if Matt got another photo?)

Wednesday, while teammate Dave was holding an Open House at Lighthouse Point, he reported in that he spotted a group of what looked like Secret Service vehicles and bikers. Also on Wednesday, the Vice President was spotted walking on the beach and had his picture taken with a fisherman who had just spent 10+hours reeling in what he thought was a small shark, but turned out to be a rare huge saw-tooth fish, which was tagged and released. The below photos were taken by Dr. Paul & Lynn Collins. They didn’t get the Vice President, but they sure got some good shots of the action during the catch.

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Thursday, the motorcade was on the move again with reports of Mrs. Pence getting a manicure at Sanibel Beauty Salon and the Vice President getting a haircut. They were photographed later at dinner at The Mucky Duck. Rumor has it that the VP played golf and did a little fishing while here too.

They were to leave the island today and as Dave headed to the office this morning, he saw a group of bikers, then marked cars and sheriff vehicles at the intersections of Donax and Dixie Beach. The “Santiva Chronicle” just posted that they left the island just after 3 p.m.  Good that it was today, as tomorrow, the day before Easter, is traditionally the busiest day of the year on the island.

With more families and visitors arriving tomorrow and children’s Easter events from Sanibel City Park to the Sanibel Community Church and then Island Inn, traffic may be challenging. A good day to watch the Sanibel traffic cameras at or go to the App Store and get the free app.

Good News About Florida Senate Bill 10

florida senateIt was great to hear on Wednesday that the Florida Senate took action to protect Florida’s unique waterways by passing SB 10. This legislation will accelerate the process of building a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee. Scientists have determined that increased storage, treatment and conveyance of water south of Lake O are essential to stop the damaging discharges to the coastal estuaries.

The passage of this bill is a huge step, but the fight is far from over. Next stop is the Florida House of Representatives. If you want to stay attuned to what is happening in Tallahassee follow the news at or at the 2017 Legislative Session Tracker at

Happy Easter

Since I posted details of the holiday happenings in last week’s blog, I won’t include them again, but send best wishes to you from all of us on The SanibelSusan Team for a great weekend.

More summer-like weather is expected here (mid-80’s in temperatures), with sparkling Gulf water too.

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Here is another photo taken this week by the Collins, this time at “Ding” Darling. The brilliant pink makes me think of spring and Easter! Thanks again for sharing, Paul and Lynn!

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



2 new listings: Seashells #6 2/2 $395K, Pointe Santo #B26 2/2 $759.9K.

8 price changes: Tennisplace #C21 2/1.5 now $339,555; Seashells #3 2/2 now $399.4K; Blind Pass #F106 2/2 now $409K; Donax Village #3 2/2 now $448K; Lighthouse Point #217 3/2 now $510K; Sunset South #2A 2/2 now $699K; Sanctuary Golf Villages I #5 2/2.5 now $699K; Royale Tern #103 3/3.5 now $1.75M.

3 new sales: Ibis at The Sanctuary #B302 2/2 listed at $498.5K (our buyer), Sanctuary Golf Villages I #6 3/3 listed at $939K, Tamarind #A102 2/2 listed at $1.595M.

6 closed sales: Sundial West #C406 1/1 $416K, Villa Sanibel #3D 2/2 $599K, Heron at The Sanctuary #1B 3/2.5 $610K, Compass Point #222 2/2 $650K, Bayview Village #1A 3/3 $782.8K, Sanddollar #B204 2/2 $859K.


8 new listings: 9292 Kincaid Ct 3/2 $549K, 241 Violet Dr 3/2.5 $775K, Moonshadows #F2 3/3 $919K, 655 Anchor Dr 3/3 $950K, 5402 Osprey Ct 4/3 $1.095M, 1340 Eagle Run Dr 3/3 $1.1M, 3832 Coquina Dr 3/4 $1.299M, 1137 Golden Olive Ct 5/3.5 $1.9M.

11 price changes: 1747 Serenity Ln 3/2 now $494K, 5305 Umbrella Pool Rd 3/2 now $579K, 5105 Sanibel-Captiva Rd 4/3 now $624.9K, 1429 Jamaica Dr 3/3 now $664.9K, 998 Fish Crow Rd 3/2 now $679K, 1183 Kittiwake Cir 3/2 now $849K, 698 Spartina Ct 3/2 now $849.9K, 2628 San Carlos Bay Dr 3/2 now $1.839M, 1238 Isabel Dr 5/3/2 now $3.399M, 3547 West Gulf Dr 4/4 now $4.495M.

7 new sales: 1862 Farm Trl 3/2 listed at $675K, 3152 Twin Lakes Ln 3/3 listed at $697K, 5126 Joewood Dr 3/2 listed at $735K, 408 Bella Vista Way 4/4 listed at $1.595M, 1757 Venus Dr 4/2.5 listed at $1.899M, 4117 West Gulf Dr 5/6 listed at $5.799M, 3577 West Gulf Dr 4/4/2 listed at $7.595M.

5 closed sales: 1073 Fish Crow Rd 3/2.5 $685K, 743 Elinor Way 3/2 $685K, 2459 Harbour Ln 3/3.5 $777K, 935 Lindgren Blvd 3/2 $969K, 6129 Starling Way 3/2.5 $1.225M.


1 new listing: 2307 Wulfert Rd $259K.

3 price changes: 540 East Lake Rd now $179K, 6519 Pine Ave now $829K, 6505 Pine Ave now $829K.

No new sales.

1 closed sale: 1329 Par View Dr $307.5K.



No new listings or price changes.

1 new sale: Beach Villas #2422 1/1 listed at $519K.

1 closed sale: Sunset Beach Villas #2333 3/2 $755K.


No new listings, price changes, or new sales.

1 closed sale: 11539 Wightman Ln 2/2 $1.4995M.


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.)

happy-easter4Happy Easter! from Susan Andrews (aka SanibelSusan)

Little April Shower on Otherwise-Sunny Sanibel

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It is SanibelSusan reporting the end of another week of fabulous weather and busy roadways on Sanibel and Captiva Islands. Yesterday, the area had just a little, but much-needed, rain in advance of a breezy cool front. Today and tomorrow, it is expected to be only in the mid-70’s. The forecast says it will be back to bright sunny days and temperatures in the high-70’s low-80’s right through Easter weekend, when the islands are expected to be even more packed with vacationing families. (Lee County Schools are off next week, too.)

SanibelSusan Realty

Sanibelsusan LogoHere at SanibelSusan Realty our listings had good showings this week. We had another nice closing yesterday (they all are nice) and I showed property over the weekend which resulted in an offer. Teammate Dave held Open Houses for the better part of two days and has been opening listings for showings too. Elise’s weekly report of the activity posted in the Sanibel/Captiva Multiple Listing Service, follows a few news items below.

Upcoming Spring Events

childrens ctrSaturday, Apr 15, 9 to 11 a.m. – 23rd Annual Spring Festival – at Sanibel Community Park (across from SanibelSusan Realty), sponsored by The Children’s Education Center of the Islands. A free Easter egg hunt for children by age group, begins at 9 a.m., followed by games, contests, crafts, rides, silent auction & more. A $10 armband allows a child unlimited fun in all activities. Proceeds will benefit the educational center’s scholarship fund and capital improvements.

Easter Basket No WordsSaturday, Apr 15, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Sanibel Community Church Easter Egg Hunt – This year, the theme is Family Challenge. Huge board games will be set up. Families can play to win a Family Easter Basket so share. Also, preschool games, bounce house, cake walk, outdoor games, free lunch, and thousands of eggs to find for prizes.

SpringSaturday, Apr 15, 1 p.m. – 6th Annual Easter Eggstravaganza – at Island Inn with face painting & balloon animals, live mollusk touch tank, miniature & trick pony rides, Trouper the blind racoon, green screen photo booth, appearance from the Easter Bunny, & beach-front Easter egg hunt with $200 in golden eggs (for children under 12).

Sunday, Apr 16, 6:30 a.m. – Easter Sunrise Service on the Causeway (by Sanibel Community Church).


Pickleball Courts Now Open at Sundial

The largest pickle board facility in the area is now open at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa. With twelve Plexi-cushion courts and stadium seating, resort guests received complimentary court access and equipment rentals. Lessons and clinics are offered by an IPTPA certified resident pro. Memberships and daily passes are available to island visitors and residents.  More info at or phone 888-889-5410.

pickleballWondering what pickleball is? Known here are the up-&-coming sport for baby boomers, here’s Wikipedia’s definition: “Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Two, three, or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net. The sport shares features of other racquet sports, the dimensions and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules similar to tennis, with a few modifications. Pickleball was invented in the mid-1960s as a children’s backyard pastime but has become popular among adults as well.”

Federal Flood Maps

femaYou may remember that a few weeks ago, I mentioned that a gulf-front condominium complex near where I live had their Federal Flood Zone changed from the high-risk “V” velocity zone to the “A” zone.

On much of the island, any building located in a V or A zone is considered in a Special Flood Hazard Area that is lower than the Base Flood Elevation. The exact zone affects insurance costs so a change out of the “V” zone usually is a big deal.

Teammate Dave watches for flood zone revisions and pointed out last week that my area of Anchor Drive on Sanibel’s east end recently (on March 22) was issued a Letter of Map Revision which like the condo, moves it from Zone VE to Zone AE.

If you are wondering about a specific property and the zone. Here’s a link to the Federal Flood Maps. Just enter the address.

Resort & 2nd Home Market

Florida Realtors logoI am continually updating the class I teach each summer at the local Association of Realtors®. Here are a few changes I added this week.

“While the market may not be as robust as in previous years, Florida is still the No. 1 state for foreign buyers, according to the 2016 “Profile of International Home Buyers in Florida”, prepared for Florida Realtors® by the Research Division, National Association of Realtors®.

“Last year, says the study, the state drew 22% of the nation’s international residential market. And Florida is starting to look more attractive to foreign buyers from countries that don’t traditionally invest here.

“There are several trends that could impact sales, including government regulations in China, the value of the British pound, and political turmoil in Venezuela.

“It’s not just overseas issues that are in play: U.S. immigration policies, new air service, commercial investment opportunities, and residential developments also could affect decisions by international buyers and sellers – both positively and negatively. For instance, Emirates, the airline based in Dubai, launched daily flights between Dubai and Orlando in 2015 and added service to Fort Lauderdale last December. This could make the state more appealing to Mideast buyers.”

From “Florida Realtor”, the global edition, from the 2016 profile of international buyers in Florida, “Just the Global Facts”:

  • “Foreign buyer purchases of Florida residential properties decreased to $19.5 billion ($23.7 billion in 2015). This accounted for 19% of Florida’s residential dollar volume of sales (24% in 2015).
  • Foreign buyers purchased 47,000 residential properties (44,000 in 2015), which made up 12% of Florida’s residential market (12% in 2015 too.)
  • The average price of foreign buyer purchases declined to $412,000 in 2016 compared to $539,000 in 2015.
  • Latin American & Caribbean buyers accounted for the largest fraction of foreign buyers at 39%.
  • The top five countries of origin by dollar volume were Canada ($3.0 billion), Brazil ($2.8 billion), Venezuela ($1.5 billion), the United Kingdom ($1.4 billion) and Argentina ($1.4 billion).
  • The number of buyers from Venezuela declined significantly (18% in 2015, 8% in 2016), while the share of buyers from Canada increased (11% in 2015, 19% in 2016).
  • Foreign buyers purchased property across Florida, but they were concentrated in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach area (52%), Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford area (12%), and Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area (8%).
  • 52% of foreign buyers bought a townhouse or condominium.”

Why Can’t Lawyers Give a Straight Answer?

justiceThe title of this article posted on line this week at “” caught my eye. Written by Joel Maxon, Director of Florida Realtors® Legal Services, it makes some good points.

Question: Why do lawyers pepper their conversations with words like maybe, probably and possibly, when I ask about an active legal dispute? It seems like lawyers don’t like straight answers. I just want to know which side is right and which side is wrong!

Answer: There’s an old lawyer’s adage that goes something like this: When the facts are on your side, pound the facts. When the law is on your side, pound the law. When neither is on your side, pound the table.

“In other words, a lawyer can almost always make multiple arguments on either side after hearing a set of facts. It’s just a question of how strong those arguments would be if the lawyer had to make them in a court of law. Trying to guess which side will win a case (though most cases settle before trial) has more in common with predicting the winner of a soccer match than answering a true or false question.

“How does this relate to the Florida Realtors Legal Hotline? If you’re asking who will win a contested legal battle based on a brief phone conversation, there’s a very good chance you’ll be disappointed when the lawyer is unwilling or unable to give an answer. We might be able to shed some insight on the world of contested litigation, but litigation is measured one step at a time in a move/counter system.

“If one party has decided to litigate, the factors below are often vital to understand – and they’re often more important than which side has better facts or stronger laws on their side:

  • How much money are the parties fighting over?
  • Which party is more stubborn?
  • Which party has more resources?
  • How skillful is each party’s lawyer?
  • Who will pay the cost of litigation?
  • How will the dispute be resolved – mediation, arbitration, litigation or some other forum?
  • What is the judge, jury or other decision maker like?
  • Is there a time when one side will give up – a month, a year, a decade?
  • Is there a time when the cost of litigation will cause one side to give up, such as $1,000 in attorney fees and costs, $10,000, or $100,000?
  • What procedural rules impact the case, such as a statute of limitations or specific venue where the lawsuit must be filed?

“Keep in mind that the parties are always welcome to settle the matter by agreeing to some sort of compromise, and you’re welcome to help with the settlement discussions. You even have a release and cancellation form available if the parties successfully resolve the dispute through conversation.

“However, avoid giving legal advice while you do so, and don’t volunteer phrases like “you have a strong case,” or “you are clearly in default,” even if the party you’re working with wants you to give legal advice.

It’s up to the parties to evaluate the strength of their case and decide whether to settle the matter through discussion or have their case heard by a third party, such as a court. If they choose the latter route, they must either represent themselves or hire a lawyer – and they would be well advised to think about questions like the ones above before they decide to litigate.”

Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity March 31 – April 7, 2017

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4 new listings: Loggerhead Cay #463 2/2 $529K, Tarpon Beach #103 2/2 $799K, Shorewood #2D 3/2 $1.1M, High Tide #C201 2/2 $1.145M.

9 price changes: Tennisplace #E33 2/1.5 now $306K, Mariner Pointe #1412 1/1 now $334K, Seashells #38 2/2 now $363K, Seashells #11 2/2 now $393K, Sundial West #H209 1/1 now $429K, Mariner Pointe #712 2/2.5 now $463.5K, Sanibel Inn #3512 2/2 now $649K, Pointe Santo #B25 2/2 now $749K, High Tide #C101 2/2 now $1.095M.

5 new sales: Loggerhead Cay #443 2/2 listed at $549K, Sandy Bend #5 2/2 listed at $749.9K, Sanctuary Golf Villages I #5-2 3/3 listed at $789K, Loggerhead Cay #103 2/2 listed at $999K, Sundial East #T306 3/2 listed at $1.395M.

5 closed sales: Loggerhead Cay #253 2/2 $480K, Sundial East #O401 2/2 $675K, Nutmeg Village #303 2/2 $765K (our listing), Kings Crown #211 3/2 $828K, Somerset #A302 3/2.5 $1.85M.

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View from Nutmeg Village #303, just sold!



3 new listings: 1317 Par View Dr 3/3 $649K, 587 Sea Oats Dr 3/2 $685K, 4257 West Gulf Dr 5/4.5 $4.95M.

14 price changes: 5292 Umbrella Pool Rd 3/2 now $599K, 5297 Punta Caloosa Ct 3/2 now $625K, 5105 Sanibel-Captiva Rd 4/3 now $639K, 3784 Coquina Dr 4/2 now $659.95K, 1295 Par View Dr 3/2 now $675K, 601 Sea Oats Dr 3/2 now $687K, 1710 Sand Pebble Way 3/2 now $689K, 1717 Sand Pebble Way 3/2 now $689K, 1656 Middle Gulf Dr 3/4 now $1.15M, 1426 Causey Ct 3/2.5 now $1.349M, 769 Pyrula Ave 3/3.5 now $1.35M, 2451 Blind Pass Ct 4/4.5 now $1.899M, 1528 San Carlos Bay Dr 3/3 now $1.995M, 514 Kinzie Island Ct 4/5 now $2.195M.

4 new sales: 2507 Blind Pass Ct 3/3 listed at $1.495M; 4428 Waters Edge Ln 3/2.5 listed at $1,149,999; 6192 Henderson Rd 4/4 listed at $1,999,999; 3869 West Gulf Dr 6/7/2 listed at $8.975M.

7 closed sales: 984 Greenwood Ct 3/2 half-duplex 3/2 $455K, 1386 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 $770K, 1683 Bunting Ln 3/3 $730K, 608 Boulder Dr 3/3 $830K, 1146 Buttonwood Ln 3/3 $945K, 3944 West Gulf Dr 3/3 $1.05M, 2143 Starfish Ln 3/3.5 $1.375M.


No new listings or price changes.

1 new sale: 9066 Mockingbird Ln listed at $380K.

1 closed sale: 2626 Coconut Rd $225K.



No new listings.

1 price change: Beach Villas #2525 2/2 now $639K.

1 new sale: Sunset Beach Villas #2324 2/2 listed at $625K.

4 closed sales: Tennis Villas #3111 1/1 $248K, Bayside Villas #5204 1/2 $310K, Tennis Villas #3131 2/2 $405K, Marina Villas #908 2/2 $781K.


No new listings.

2 price changes: 14980 Binder Dr 4/3 now $1.248M, 14860 Mango Ct 5/4 now $1.995M.

No new sales.

1 closed sale: 16910 Captiva Dr 4/4 $4M.


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, below is a photo taken Sunday night (April 3)  from Redfish Pass aboard the Lady Chadwick’s sunset cruise, overlooking the gulf.  North Captiva is on the right.

Looking to take one of these cruises yourself? They sail out of McCarthy’s Marina. More info at

Enjoy your weekend!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Sunny Sanibel

This week, while northern states dealt with snowy Storm Stella, Sanibel and Captiva had a little brush of winter weather too – island style. After a couple of short, though much-needed, showers, yesterday and Wednesday were chilly, with daytime temperatures not getting out of the 60’s. Today, temperatures are inching toward the low to mid-70’s, with more of the same nice weather expected over the weekend and into next week.

Below is a photo taken this afternoon from the beach in front of Sanbel’s West Wind Inn where it is just another beautiful though breezy beach day. Below it are a few news items, followed by the action posted this week in the Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service.

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March Membership Meeting – Sanibel/Captiva Islands Association of Realtors®

Florida Realtors logoYesterday, the March membership meeting of the local Association of Realtors® was well attended. In addition to general announcements, including 20-some price changes, several island Realtors® were recognized at the state level for achieving Florida Realtors® Honor Society status. It was nice to have some new recipients this year. Year #18 for me, dating back to 1998 when I was appointed to my first state committee. Lots of great networking and business opportunities have come from that involvement. VIP’s Jim Hall, who was my broker then, encouraged that work and has made Florida Realtors® Honor Society for more than 20 years. Congratulations to all recipients.

Community Outreach

Sanibel realtors logoAlso, a big thank you to my local Association Communication & Public Relations Committee members who met early Tuesday morning for our 3rd meeting of the year. Volunteering time “in season” always is appreciated. It is easy to be a committee chair when you have willing cooperative colleagues. Between now and April 28, the committee is spearheading a gently-used clothing drive. Items collected will be donated to charities that provide the clothing FREE to those in need of a hand-up. All types of clean Florida-type clothing are needed – womens, mens, and childrens.

If you have items to donate, they are being accepted at the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® office at 2353 Periwinkle Way, Suite 201 from Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (That is the shopping center behind Wings, 2nd floor over Finnimore’s Cycle Shop.) My team will pick up donations or you can drop them off at SanibelSusan Realty too – but no later than April 28 – in time for spring cleaning.

St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Happenings

shamrockIf you are here this weekend and looking for something to do, here are a few suggestions:

Sanibel-Captiva Lions Club Arts & Crafts Fair – today and tomorrow (Sat 3/18) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Community House, right across the street from our office.

Doc Ford’s St. Paddy’s Day Bash – tonight from 5 to 10 p.m. at their new location on Island Inn Rd.

Sanibel Island Farmers’ Market – Sundays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on City Hall Grounds.

Outdoor Island Jazz Concert – from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Boler Garden at BIG ARTS, free but BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair)

Check the “events” link above for more events.

Dredging Blind Pass While Renourishing Sanibel’s Beaches

santiva chronicleThe below article posted on-line Wednesday by the “Santiva-Chronicle” provides an update of the ongoing dredging of Blind Pass. On my way to show property on Tuesday, I took photos of the wave action at nearby Turner Beach which illustrate their remarks.  Here’s one:

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Here’s the “Santiva-Chronicle” report:

“Recent heavy winds delayed the current phase of dredging Blind Pass by about a week and will likely delay completion of the project until mid-May, according to Kathy Rooker, administrator of the Captiva Erosion Prevention District. But, as anyone who has driven over the Blind Pass Bridge separating Captiva and Sanibel can’t help but notice, the project to clear the pass and use its sand to renourish Sanibel beaches is well under way.

“Nearly 3,500 feet of massive black piping stretches from a pump on a barge at the Roosevelt Channel entrance to a Blind Pass east of the bridge to a second huge pump located past the Gulf entrance to the Pass near Pine Avenue. That second giant pump pushes the sand about 500 feet south to Sanibel beaches in need of renourishment.

“Decades ago, when the current bridge was built connecting the two islands, the natural path of Blind Pass was considerably altered. Consequently, the pass periodically fills up with sand. Keeping the pass open and flushed is vital to water quality around both islands.

“In 2009, about 148,000 cubic yards of sand was dredged to reopen the pass, which had completely closed.

That dredging was followed by maintenance projects at the pass removing 63,300 cubic yards of sand in 2012 and 37,600 cubic yards of sand in 2013. Blind Pass almost completely closed in the spring of 2015, but storms cleared much of that sand.

“Prior to this current dredging project, designed to remove 120,000 cubic yards of sand, bathers and anglers could virtually walk across Blind Pass in spots. It also was largely blocked to boaters.

“Although portions of the beach will be closed for up to 500 feet near where active dredging equipment is being used and four parking places at Blind Pass Beach Park have been closed, the piping and heavy equipment have not greatly curbed use of the beach by bathers, shellers or anglers. Fishing from the bridge may intermittently be restricted during the project, and traffic is briefly halted when heavy equipment is being moved to and from a Santiva area beach near Pine Avenue. Beachgoers are urged to respect project signs and boundaries for their own safety and the safety of the crews.

“A major beneficiary of the dredging process is Sanibel, whose eroded Gulf beaches from Blind Pass to the northern edge of Bowman’s Beach are receiving sand removed from the pass.

“Half of the $1 million project is being funded by a grant obtained by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, with the remainder coming from Lee County tourist-tax revenues.

“Lee County, Sanibel and Captiva officials are looking for a more lasting solution to keep the pass open and have commissioned a Blind Pass Inlet Management Study – a science-based study of the mechanics of the Pass.

“At a recent Captiva Community Panel, Rooker urged residents to attend a public meeting at 10 a.m. March 24 in the Pelican Room of the Sanibel Recreation Center, 3880 Sanibel-Captiva Road, for an update of the Inlet Management Study by engineers who have completed their data collection of model calibration phases of the Pass. “You will hear about different alternatives for keeping the Pass open,” she said, “and the public’s input will be important.” More information about the study can be found at:

Irrigation Regulations

Island Water logoA good reminder in the Spring 2017 “IWA Pipeline” about the irrigation regulations that have been in effect since March 2010. Are you watering only on your days to water?

“The South Florida Water Management District manages water resources and sets the irrigation regulations for the 16-county region that stretches from Orlando to the Florida Keys. Homeowners on Sanibel are limited to watering three times per week and Captiva residents are limited to watering two times per week.

“Residents and businesses on Sanibel with an odd number address may water lawns and landscaping on Mondays, Wednesdays, and/or Saturdays between midnight and 10 a.m. and/or between 4 p.m. and midnight. Residents and businesses with an even address, no address, or those who water both even and odd addresses within the same zones may water Tuesdays, Thursdays, and/or Sundays between midnight and 10 a.m. and/or between 4 p.m. and midnight.

“Captiva residents and businesses are bound by the regulations for unincorporated Lee County and are restricted to watering two days per week. Residents and businesses with an odd address may water lawns and landscaping on Wednesdays and/or Saturdays between midnight and 9 a.m. and/or between 5 p.m. and midnight. Residents and businesses with an even address, no address, or those who water both even and odd addresses within the same zones may water on Thursdays and/or Sundays between midnight and 9 a.m. and/or between 5 p.m. and midnight.

‘There are some exceptions to the above regulations. Watering may be done at any time of using reclaimed water and hand watering is permitted any time if using a hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle. Additional watering up to 60 days is permitted for watering new landscaping.

“For additional information on irrigation times and water conservation you can visit the South Florida Water Management District website at These irrigation times are also posted on our website at

“One more note regarding irrigation. All new irrigation systems are required to have a rain sensor installed, which shuts off the sprinklers if rain is detected. If you have an older system that does not have a rain sensor, it would be wise to have one installed. Not only would you be conserving a precious resource by not sprinkling an already wet yard, you will also save money on your monthly water bill. Remember, in our tiered rate schedule, the more water you use per month, the higher the charge per thousand gallons of water.”

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

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1 new listing: Mariner Pointe #122 1/1 $410K.

6 price changes: Sundial West #C406 1/1 now $424.9K, Mariner Pointe #712 2/2.5 now $469K, Donax Village #1 2/2 now $515K, Snug Harbor #312 3/2 now $699.9K, Pointe Santo #B6 2/2 now $720K, Sanibel Surfside #225 2/2 now $774.9K.

4 new sales: Lake Palms #8 2/2.5 listed at $345.5K, Coquina Beach #5A 2/2 listed at $380K, Loggerhead Cay #592 2/2 listed at $635K, Wedgewood #202 3/3.5 listed at $2.475M.

1 closed sale: Sanibel Arms #B1 1/1 $345K.


6 new listings: 1918 Ibis Ln 3/3 $642K, 1315 Par View Dr 3/2 $789.5K, 1425 Causey Ct 3/3 $799K, 1028 Demere Ln $899K, 2379 Wulfert Rd 4/4.5 $1.695M, 1757 Venus Dr 4/2.5 $1.899M.

14 price changes: 1429 Jamaica Dr 3/3 now $694.9K, 1807 Buckthorn Ln 3/2.5 now $699K, 1295 Par View Dr 3/2 now $699K, 3364 Twin Lakes Ln 3/2 now $724K, 6081 Henderson Rd 3/2 now $799.9K, 698 Spartina Ct 3/2 now $865K,  1114 Captains Walk St 3/3 now $975K, 1525 San Carlos Bay Dr 3/2 now $1.895M, 267 Ferry Landing Dr 3/2 now $1.995M, 1237 Isabel Dr 5/6.5 now $2.18M, 1552 San Carlos Bay Dr 4/5.5 now $2.5M, 4995 Joewood Dr 4/3 now $2.795M, 1206 Bay Dr 4/4.5 now $3.845M, 3547 West Gulf Dr 4/4 now $4.75M.

6 new sales: 4694 Rue Bayou 3/3 listed at $629K, 5305 Ladyfinger Lake Rd 3/2 listed at $695K, 1182 Kittiwake Cir 3/3 listed at $729K, 3918 Coquina Dr 3/2.5 listed at $899K, 2459 Harbour Ln 3/3.5 listed at $899K, 1326 Seaspray Ln 4/4.5 listed at $1.995M.

7 closed sales: 174 Southwinds Dr 2/2 half-duplex $639,025; 2010 Sunrise Cir 5/3 $775K (our listing); 5757 Pine Tree Dr 3/2.5 $799K; 660 Durion Ct 3/2 $862.5K; 2118 Starfish Ln 4/5 $1.675M; 4449 Waters Edge Ln 3/3 $4M; 3557 West Gulf Dr 3/3.5 $4.1M.


2 new listings: 1912 Ibis Ln $225K, 3013 Poinciana Cir $269.9K.

1 price change: 1299 Par View Dr now $249K.

2 new sales: 0 Island Inn Rd listed at $189,555; 6411 Pine Ave listed at $363.5K.

3 closed sales: 2502/2504 Wulfert Rd $207.5K, 5830 Sanibel-Captiva Rd $350K, 602 Boulder Dr $425K.



1 new listing: Tennis Villas #3127 1/1 $260K.

1 price change: Beach Homes #29 4/4 now $2.3M.

1 new sale: Bayside Villas #5204 1/2 listed at $315K.

1 closed sale: Tennis Villas #3237 2/2 $415K.


No new listings.

2 price changes: 11521 Andy Rosse Ln 7/7/5 now $2.899M, 16464 Captiva Dr 8/8.5 now $6.245M.

No new sales.

1 closed sale: 16455 Captiva Dr 4/4.5 $2.25M.


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.)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan


Almost Valentines Day on Sunny Sanibel



heart3.pngIt’s SanibelSusan reporting another sunny Friday on the islands. A little chilly this morning at 59 degrees, but warming up to the mid-70’s and expected to remain that way for at least the next five to six days.

sanibel-boundTraffic has picked up noticeably, so the new Sanibel web cam app can help you plan which route to take when traveling the island. Called “Sanibel Bound” and free on iTunes or Google Play, to install the app, simply go to from your mobile device. For the Android App, click on the button “Get it On Google Play”. To Install the Apple App, click on the button “Download on the App Store”.

Sanibel & Captiva Island Association of Realtors®

Sanibel realtors logoYesterday, there was a big turn-out at our weekly Caravan Meeting at the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors®. Almost as many affiliate business members were in attendance as Realtors®. Sometimes, “it takes a village” to get a property closed – inspectors, insurance providers, mortgage brokers, title companies, etc. We sure have good ones partnering with us on the islands. A big thank you to Amanda Curran of Superior Title who recently got a tough one closed for our buyer.

Only four properties were on Caravan (it was a West-end tour) – shows how few new listings come on the market this time of the year. Many price changes were announced. I announced the price reduction of the lot 9441 Peaceful Drive. (Some aerials below of this large wide parcel backing to conservation land in Gumbo Limbo. Great private spot for a small or large home, with or without pool. Backyard faces west & sunsets! Price now $274,000)

Next week is East-end Caravan and the monthly membership meeting, so it likely will bring an even bigger turn-out. I will announce the price reduction at Lighthouse Point #129 then. (That’s the ground-level spacious bay-view three bedroom condo shown below. Now priced at $574,000.)

More info on the action posted this week in the Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service follows a few news items below.

Lots of Happenings

calendarIn typical high-season fashion, there are lots of happenings now for locals and visitors to enjoy. Here are a few reminders, others are posted on under the “Upcoming Island Events” tab above.

  • Art on the Veranda – tomorrow Feb 11 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – at Bailey’s Center, presented by San-Cap Art League.
  • CHR’s Mardi Gras – tomorrow night Feb 11 – Community Housing & Resource (CHR’s) only fundraiser of the year at The Dunes. Tickets at or call 472-1189.
  • BIG ARTS “100 Years of Broadway” – tomorrow night – 2017 benefit – or call 395-0900.
  • 15th Annual Clothesline Art Show – Sunday Feb 12 – at The Community House, presented by San-Cap Art League.
  • Valentine’s Dinner Dance – Feb 14 – hosted by the Stroke Recovery Foundation at The Community House. Reservations needed by Monday. Call 395-2661 or email
  • Annual Arts & Crafts Fair – Feb 18 & 19 – presented by Rotary Club of Sanibel-Captiva – at The Community House, Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Kiwanis Annual Spaghetti Dinner – Feb 25 – at The Community House from 4 to 8 p.m. Tickets in advance from Kiwanians for $8 or at the door for $9.
  • 80th Sanibel Shell Festival – Mar 2, 3, & 4 – at The Community House.
  • 10th Annual Sanibel Uncorked – Wine & Food Fest – Mar 5 – 1 to 5 p.m. – fundraiser by the Sanibel-Captiva Optimist Club at Lily & Company.
  • A Peek at the Unique – Mar 11 – Zonta’s 16th home tour & fundraiser. Limited tickets available at

Sighting at “Ding” Darling


Wikipedia photo of a pair of Great White Pelicans in breeding condition in Walvis Bay, Namibia

Last week hundreds of visitors came to J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on the lookout for a Great While Pelican that was spotted there last February and reported to have again returned this year. Within just 24 hours of the February 1 sighting, birders came from near and far, but not many spotted her. With a wing span up to 11.8’ and weighing as much as 33 pounds, these rare birds are native to Africa, Europe, and Asia. Birding experts say that this one is far off its usual migratory route, I say it’s just another smart winter vacationer.


SCCF logoSCCF Hosts Water Forum

From an email received this morning from Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation:

“Weighing in on the Water, a February 9 town hall event, was hosted by SCCF at the Bailey Homestead Pavilion and moderated by SCCF’s Natural Resource Policy Director Rae Ann Wessel. In introducing U.S. Congressman Francis Rooney and Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane, she framed both the economic and ecological impacts from poor water management as key issues that must be addressed at the local, state, and federal levels to improve water quality in the Everglades and Southwest Florida.

“There is insufficient capacity to store, treat, and move water,” said Wessel. “We need new ways of doing restoration, and science needs to be the basis of all the solutions we pursue.”

“Congressman Rooney briefed approximately 200 constituents on his efforts to address Southwest Florida’s water quality issues at the federal level.

““We don’t need new legislative authorization, we need funds to be appropriated for multiple Everglades Restoration projects authorized since 2007,” said Rooney.

“The Congressman went on to say his first acts since taking office on January 20 were all focused on water quality for his district and Florida. He cited his one-on-one visits with members of the House Appropriations Committee, arguing for Everglades restoration funding. He also shared the letter he crafted and sent to President Trump, on which he secured the signatures of every member of Florida’s House delegation on Capitol Hill. (See a pdf of the letter here). The letter asks that the Trump administration’s fiscal 2018 budget “strongly support Everglades restoration projects, especially those within the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program (CERP).”

““This was an extraordinary achievement for a recently arrived freshman member of Congress,” said Wessel.

““The letter was bipartisan and included every House member representing Florida in Washington.  Advocates fighting for Everglades restoration and water quality have never had that demonstration of unanimous congressional support before Congressman Rooney brought this focus on water to Washington.”

City of Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane expressed his appreciation for Congressman Rooney’s efforts at the federal level, particularly in the way they complement the efforts Ruane is working to spearhead.

““We have worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and have gained their commitment to accelerate – to 2018 rather than 2021 – the design and planning process for a flow way for storage and cleaning south of Lake Okeechobee,” said Ruane.

“The Mayor went on to speak in detail about his initiative to engage the 19 counties and 163 cities affected by poor water quality. These counties and cities represent 55% of Florida’s real estate values. Combined with their tourism income, the economic impact of poor water quality is $2 trillion. “If you’re in Tallahassee, that number is hard to ignore,” said Ruane.

“The mayor has taken a leading role in bringing together the cities to work together in seeking state-level support, such as advancing the passage of Senate Bill 10 (SB10) to purchase 60,000 acres south of Lake O. He told the audience to watch for planned efforts to highlight these issues during the Florida legislative session beginning March 7.

“SCCF encourages you to forward this email to friends and neighbors, asking them to sign up for SCCF action alerts and become engaged in pressing our elected officials to take positive actions for moving restoration forward to protect our economy and water resources. Click here to sign up for our Action Alerts.

NAR RPAC Hall of Fame

government_affairs_rpac_logo_homeI received a surprise congratulatory letter this week. It seems I was nominated by the state for induction into the NAR RPAC Hall of Fame. The nomination was accepted, so I will be an official member of the Class of 2016 National Association of REALTORS®’ RPAC Hall of Fame. The induction is in May after which a plaque with my name will be on the rooftop of the NAR building in Washington, D.C.

I didn’t think that we have had anyone from the islands ever make the “Hall of Fame” so it prompted me to look on-line to see how many fellow Floridians are Hall of Fame members. In Florida, today there are 47 Realtors in the Hall of Fame. From my home state of Maine, there are only two, and from my former state of Virginia, there are just 15.

Since 2004, the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) has raised more than $100 million dollars to support pro-REALTOR® Party candidates running for Congress. The amount of money RPAC spends to support candidates makes it one of the top trade association PACs in the nation.

Though REALTORS® are a key part of the American Dream – property ownership, they increasingly face forces that threaten their work – the economy, property tax burdens, increasing insurance premiums, rent controls, impact fees, etc.

RPAC helps REALTORS® make sure their concerns about these and other issues are heard and understood by public officials. On the islands, where 99% of our members contribute to RPAC, we don’t just give dollars, we see those dollars put to good use in the ongoing fight for better water quality, lower insurance costs, and more.

Investing in my profession helps me and other homeowners too.

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



1 new listing: Royale Tern #103 3/3.5 $2.295M.

7 price changes: Seashells #38 2/2 now $368K, Mariner Pointe #712 2/2.5 now $480K, Sundial West #D305 1/1 now $539K, Lighthouse Point #217 3/2/2 now $539K, Lighthouse Point #129 3/2 now $574K (our listing), Kings Crown #208 2/2 now $749K, Tanglewood #1A 3/2 now $1.0749M.

4 new sales: Loggerhead Cay #253 2/2 listed at $549K, Sundial East #L402 2/2 listed at $749K, Bayview Village #1A 3/3 listed at $789K, Sundial East #Q404 2/2 listed at $899K.

1 closed sale: Somerset #302 3/2.5 $1.55M.


8 new listings: 1895 Farm Trl 3/2 $615K, 215 Palm Lake Dr 3/2 $798.9K, 1311 Sand Castle Rd 2/2 $799K, 2628 Coconut Dr 3/2.5 $1.43M, 1995 My Tern Ct 4/2 $1.495M, 3615 West Gulf Dr 3/2 $2.995M, 1320 Seaspray Ln 4/4.5 $3.55M, 3009 Turtle Gait Ln 4/4.5 $3.999M.

16 price changes: 998 Greenwood Ct 3/2.5 half-duplex now $437K; 3043 Poinciana Cir 4/2 now $579K; 376 Lake Murex Blvd 3/2 now $589K; 9247 Dimmick Dr 3/2 now $599K; 5305 Umbrella Pool Rd 3/2 now $599,995; 5292 Umbrella Pool Rd 3/2 now $629K; 1295 Par View Dr 3/2 now $725K; 1334 Junonia St 3/2 now $729K; 3152 Twin Lakes Ln 3/3 now $735K; 698 Spartina Ct 3/2 now $895K, 243 Southwinds Dr 3/2.5 now $875K; 1396 Tahiti Dr 4/3 now $939K; 518 N Yachtsman Dr 3/3 now $1.399M; 696 Kinzie Island Ct 4/5 now $2.15M; 6494 SanibelCaptiva Rd 3/2 now $2.2495M; 1206 Bay Dr 4/4.5 now $3.899M.

11 new sales: 980 Sand Castle Rd 3/3 half-duplex listed at $489K, 976 Sand Castle Rd 3/3 half-duplex listed at $495K, 1631 Sand Castle Rd 3/2.5 half-duplex listed at $499K, 1714 Bunting Ln 3/2 listed at $499.9K, 1851 Farm Trl 3/2 listed at $525K, 2134 Egret Cir 3/2 half-duplex listed at $559K, 660 Durion Ct 3/2 listed at $910K, 1089 Skif Pl 3/2 listed at $1.089M, 785 Birdie View Pt 3/2.5 listed at $1.149M, 5639 Baltusrol Ct 4/4.5 listed at $1.695M, 2118 Starfish Ln 4/5 listed at $1.849M.

2 closed sales: 2401 Shop Rd 2/1 $205K, 2142 Egret Cir 3/2 $485K.


1 new listings: 5251 Indian Ct $789K.

3 price changes: 9441 Peaceful Dr now $274K (our listing), 6411 Pine Ave now $363.5K, 602 Boulder Dr now $439K.

1 new sale: 2502/2504 Wulfert Rd listed at $239.9K.

No closed sales.



1 new listing: Beach Home s#2 3/2 $2.199M.

No price changes or new sales.

1 closed sale: Beach Villas #2322 1/1 $480K.


1 new listing: 11530 Laika Ln 4/3 $2.2M.

No price changes.

2 new sales: 11539 Wightman Ln 2/2 listed at $1.575M, 16237 Captiva Dr 5/5.5 listed at $3.95M.

No closed sales.


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.)

valentineHappy Valentines’ Day!

Still time to buy your sweetie a piece of paradise before Tuesday. I’m working…

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

Heading into 2017 at SanibelSusan Realty

It’s SanibelSusan with another report of a busy island, but not a lot of real estate activity. A nice bright, though chilly and breezy, day today with temperatures expected to remain in the 60’s. Back to 70-degree weather tomorrow and for the upcoming week. Here are a few photos taken at the Nerita Street beach access at 1:30 p.m. today.


This week was the first since “high season” last year with gridlock on Periwinkle Way (from about 3 to 7 p.m.).

Tuesday night, I attempted to get home from the office by driving my usual route straight down Periwinkle Way. This is a 2.9-mile ride which usually takes 10-12 minutes. Not, so that night, it took 45 minutes.

Wednesday night, when the traffic in front of the office again was “all stop”, I decided to go the “back way”. Mind you, the normal “back way” is to take Periwinkle west to Tarpon Bay Road south to West Gulf Drive to Middle Gulf Drive to East Gulf Drive to the end, and then Periwinkle west. That didn’t work as Tarpon Bay Road was backed up, so I instead drove all the way to Rabbit Road to get to Sanibel’s east end. Even so, that long route was quicker. I left the office at 6 p.m. and was home in 30 minutes. Only back-up was on East Gulf where it was a crawl from Nerita St to Lindgren Blvd.

So, last night when the traffic in front of the office looked light at 5 p.m., I decided to go home on time and again try the direct Periwinkle route. Not a smart move – 90 minutes later I had crawled from Sanibel Square to Donax Street. It took better than 2 hours to go the 2.9-mile stretch.

So, “season is here” and we again share the roadways, beaches, bike paths, and restaurants with snowbirds, visitors, and vacationers. We grit out teeth and hope they all came to buy real estate.

By the way, an astounding number of bikers, including many small children, were traveling at night with no lights, wearing dark clothing, and crossing roadways without stopping or even looking for traffic. Cautious thoughtful driving is a must and a friendly thanks to the folks directing traffic goes a long way.

Now for the rest of the news…

At SanibelSusan Realty Associates

Sanibelsusan LogoThe team and I are happy to report another closing this week as well as a new luxury condo listing. We received an offer on a listing too, still in negotiations.

Teammate Dave held a couple of open houses this week, trying to capitalize on the traffic. He had positive comments and good interest. Lisa will be in the office tomorrow, while I’m covering Sunday and Monday, which is a holiday for the team. We are ready to make a New Year’s sale!

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® Caravan Meeting

Sanibel realtors logoYesterday, attendance was light at the local Association of Realtors’® Thursday morning Caravan meeting. A handful of new listings were announced (including our new lot listing at Sanibel Center and condo listing at Beachcomber). Only a few new sales were announced. After some more news items below is the activity posted in the Sanibel and Captiva Multiple Listing Service since last Friday.

Island Taxi

island-taxi-logoMany returning for season don’t know that there is a new taxi service on Sanibel.

With a fleet of 15 sedans and vans, Island Taxi is in the shopping center at 975 Rabbit Rd.

More info at

17th Annual Polar Bear Plunge

It is hardly considered polar bear weather here, but on Sunday (Jan 1), the Sanibel-Captiva Chapter of the National Polar Bear Club will hold its 17th annual meeting at noon at Tarpon Bay Beach (gulf-end of Tarpon Bay Rd). All participants receive a free membership card and certificate (for framing). Sign-in and song sheet distribution begins at 11 a.m. It’s fun, it’s free, and singing of the traditional polar bear anthem kicks off the event after which participants enter the chilly gulf waters. (It could be chilly too, as a cool front arrived today.)

New Programs Offered at SCCF

SCCF logoAs new events are scheduled and announced, I continue to update the “Upcoming Events” tab above.

Check it out for the days/times for new January offerings at the Conservation Foundation.

Included are programs on Florida panthers and conservation photography.

Randy Wayne White Fans

sanibel-flats-book-coverBest-selling local author and father of the Doc Ford’s novels, Randy Wayne White, will be sharing his experiences from the 70’s and 80’s as fishing guide at Tarpon Bay Marina during a free presentation at the Captiva Civic Center, Tuesday, Jan 10, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Limited seating, first-come first-seated.

Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity December 23-30, 2016



3 new listings: Tennisplace #A31 2/1 $349K, Loggerhead Cay #253 2/2 $559K, Beachcomber #A102 2/2 $1.495M (our listing) (see slideshow below).

5 price changes: Kings Crown #211 3/2 now $875K, Loggerhead Cay #152 2/2 now $949K, Loggerhead Cay #103 2/2 now $999K, Gulfside Place #123 2/2 now $1.298M, Pine Cove #104 3/2 now $1.395M.

No new sales.

1 closed sale: Cottage Colony West #136 1/1 $600K (our listing). 


6 new listings: 1357 Jamaica Dr 2/2 duplex $595K, 5305 Ladyfinger Lake Rd 3/2 $695K, 785 Birdie View Pt 3/2.5 $1.149M, 5403 Shearwater Dr 4/3 $1.349M, 5639 Baltusrol Ct 4/4.5 $1.695M, 1237 Isabel Dr 5/6.5 $2.28M.

7 price changes: 1817 Atlanta Plaza Dr 3/2 now $499K, 1714 Bunting Ln 3/2 now $559K, 340 East Gulf Dr 2/2 now $579K, 5308 Umbrella Pool Rd 3/2 now $594K, 5292 Umbrella Pool Rd 3/2 now $649K, 186 Southwinds Dr 2/2 now $699K, 4760 Rue Helene 3/2 now $999K.

4 new sales: 9209 Kincaid Ct 3/2 listed at $479K, 1709 Sand Pebble Way 5/3 triplex listed at $510K, 1232 Par View Dr 3/2.5 listed at $929K, 1842 Woodring Rd 3/3.5 listed at $1.95M.

4 closed sales: 1150 Schooner Pl 2/2 $580K, 5279 Umbrella Pool Rd 3/2 $600K, 1245 Anhinga Ln 3/2 $639K, 2405 Blue Crab Ct 4/4.5 $2.515M.


No new listings.

1 price change: 2486 Wulfert Rd now $179K.

2 new sales: 2462 Wulfert Rd $219.5K, 255 Hurricane Ln listed at $339K.

No closed sales.



No new listings & price changes.

2 new sales: without contingencies: Bayside Villas #4214 1/2 listed at $317.5K, Bayside Villas #5316 3/3 listed at $599K.

1 closed sale: Tennis Villas #3238 2/2 $410K.


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 activiislty in the community and does not imply that SanibelSusan Realty Associates is participating or participated in these transactions.)

Happy-New-Year-2017.jpgHappy New Year from all of us at The SanibelSusan Team,

Susan Andrews, David Anderson, Elise Carnes, & Lisa Murty

Sanibel & Captiva Fall Real Estate & More

It’s SanibelSusan back at her post, at the office in Sanibel Square, after enjoying a few days in Maine/New Hampshire last weekend for a high school class reunion. Below is a photo showing the wonderful fall foliage that we don’t get to see here, but it was nice to enjoy it for a few days.


Following my return, island weather here has been fabulous with low humidity and wonderful breezes, the after effects of Hurricane Matthew passing by Florida.

I also have noticed more folks back on the islands, a definite increase in traffic and occupancy at local stores and restaurants. Time to plan those winter vacations, if you haven’t already.

2016 Annual Meeting – Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors®

Sanibel realtors logoAn early breakfast meeting yesterday included the annual meeting and election of The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors®. Congratulations to Realtors® Mike Badenoch, Tina DiCharia, and Becky Mulka, all elected as new Directors.

After the meeting, the SanibelSusan Team held open 2010 Sunrise Circle during the 9 a.m. to noon Realtor® Caravan. Beginning Nov 1, our local Realtor® Caravans go back to an every-Thursday-morning schedule. That is when Realtors® and the public can easily view new listings without needing an appointment. Here are some photos from Sunrise Circle.

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

Upcoming Events & Re-Openings

fish-10k-20168th Annual 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H. – Tomorrow – Oct 15 – at 7:30 a.m. with start/finish line at Sanibel Community Park (relocated due to the construction underway at The Community House and across the street from SanibelSusan Realty). The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® and SanibelSusan Realty Associates are just two of the 60-some event sponsors.

3rd Annual CROW Golf Tournament – Tomorrow – Oct 15 – fundraiser. More info at

ding-ddlogo16“Ding” Darling Days – Oct 16 to 22 – This year in addition to celebrating J.N. “Ding” Darling’s 140th birthday and National Wildlife Refuge Week, “Ding” Darling Days commemorates the centennial of the convention between the U.S. and Great Britain (representing Canada) for the protection of migratory birds. Also called the Migratory Bird Treaty, it was signed on August 16, 1916. So this year, “Ding” Darling Days will focus on “all things birds”.

Family Fun Day is Sunday, Oct 16. Friday, Oct 21 is Darling’s official birthday celebration. Saturday Oct 22 is Conservation Art Day. More info at

Sanibel Historical Village – reopens for the season on Oct 18. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. New volunteers are always needed.

12th Howl-o-ween.jpgHowl-o-Ween – Oct 28 – Island Paws 12th annual part to raise $ for the Gulf Coast Humane Society, held in the parking lot of Over Easy Café from 5 to 7 p.m.

Which Groups Will Influence Future Housing Trends?

Florida Realtors logoPosted yesterday on line at FloridaRealtors®, the below article is a long one, but has good insight into the future of residential real estate.

“Rising numbers of female executives, affluent immigrants, younger and older workers, and retirees will have a profound influence on community building in the U.S. over the next 10 years, according to a new Urban Land Institute (ULI) report, Demographic Strategies for Real Estate.urban-land-institute-logo

“According to the report, these key demographic drivers present opportunities for real estate professionals:

“The continued rise of working women – Women now earn 58% of all college degrees in the U.S., and they earn more than their spouses 38% of the time. By 2025, the number of women in the workforce will rise to 78 million, 8 million above the level in 2015.

“A rising number of affluent immigrants – Immigration will account for more than half the U.S. population growth by 2025, assuming current trends continue. Contrary to some perceptions, many immigrants coming to the U.S. are highly educated middle- and upper-class families with substantial purchasing power.

“The graying of America – By 2025, 66 million Americans will be over age 65 – 38% more than in 2015. This will create opportunities for customer segmentation, given the widely varied needs and lifestyles of younger retirees versus older ones. The surge in retirees will also create more opportunities for workers, driving incomes up for many occupations.

“Young adults driving household formation – 44 million 18-to-27-year-olds born in the 1990s will lead the majority of new household growth over the next decade, despite forming households more slowly than their predecessors. They are expected to create 14 million households by 2025.

“”This research reaffirms the extraordinary impact that demographic shifts have on real estate investment and development decisions,” says Robert Bowman, a chairman with ULI’s Residential Neighborhood Council. “Being successful in this industry means being on the front end of trends, thinking about what those trends mean for the long-term, and being able to correctly anticipate how and where people will want to live and work in the years ahead.”

“In terms of land use and development, the report predicts that the suburbs will draw about 79% of the coming wave of new households, as younger families seek “surban” communities that combine the best of urban and suburban living. Many will choose to rent rather than own homes, pushing up demand for single-family rentals in particular.

“The report groups the U.S. population by decade born, rather than by generation, to draw conclusions about behaviors shaping trends, with the most influential (and largest) groups being:

Innovators, born 1950-1959, who led a technology revolution

Equalers, born 1960-69, which became the first group with women achieving higher education levels than men

Balancers, born 1970-79, who led a shift toward achieving a better work-family balance

Sharers, born 1980-89, who led the transition to the sharing economy, which includes a higher preference to rent

Connectors, born 1990-1999, who led 24/7 wireless connectivity

Globals, born 2000-2009, who think and interact globally due to their many multi-cultural connections and free-flowing information

“Among the trends shaped by these groups:

“”Surban” developments will replace shopping centers – More retail stores will be transformed into places that sell experiences rather than goods, and more development will combine housing and retail to satisfy consumer demand for places that offer convenient, car-free shopping. An 86% surge in household formations in the coming decade will drive retail activity, particularly purchases by renters.

“Suburban office demand will return – As 1980s-born Sharers move into more senior management roles and start families, many will move from urban cores to the suburbs to live in areas with good schools that are also near employment hubs, entertainment and recreational amenities. They will be willing to share space and work remotely. Female executives will play a stronger role in office space selection.

“Housing rental rates will surge over the long term – The sharing economy’s de-emphasis on ownership will be reflected in soaring demand for rental units. Well over half of the 12.5 million net new households created over the next decade will rent, including those who have never owned, and those making the switch from owning to renting as they age. Homeownership will decline, with the national rate anticipated to be 60.8% by 2025, the lowest point since the 1950s. As more Innovators join the already large number of retirees, competition for workers will push up wages, contributing to a favorable environment for rent increases.

“Southern suburban migration will continue – The southern regions, where 42% of Americans currently live, will receive 62% of the household growth in the U.S. over the next decade. Demand will continue to rise for affordable rental housing, townhomes and small-lot detached housing, as 1990s-born Connectors join Sharers in raising families.

“Municipalities will take a stronger role in encouraging successful growth – Local government redevelopment investments have revitalized urban and suburban areas, and the most astute suburban – or surban – municipal leaders will continue changing zoning regulations to encourage mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly development that accommodates the preferences and needs of new households.

“The predictions in the report are based on several macroeconomic assumptions:

  • The economy will slow in the next few years and achieve 2% average real GDP growth over the decade
  • The influx of immigrants will remain at about 1.2 million per year
  • There will be no significant changes to federal entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare
  • Rising college tuition costs and student debt will continue to delay marriage and childbirth
  • Life-extending technology will allow women to have children later in life and allow older adults to remain active
  • Slightly higher mortgage rates will make homeownership more expensive
  • Rents and home prices will rise slightly faster than incomes each year.”

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity October 7-14, 2016sancap GO MLS logo



5 new listings: Casa Blanca #6 1/1 $259,989; Blind Pass #F210 2/2 $479.9K; Sanibel Inn #3512 2/2 $675K; Sanibel Arms West #E2 2/2 $875K, Shorewood #1C 3/2 $875K.

2 price changes: Tennisplace #D22 1/1 now $239K, Loggerhead Cay #174 2/2 now $790K.

2 new sales: Sundial #I207 1/1 listed at $315K, Sundial #B108 1/1 listed at $369K.

No closed sales.


7 new listings: 1714 Bunting Ln 3/2 $595K, 721 Durion Ct 3/3 $825K, 521 Lighthouse Way 3/2 $995K, 1391 Jamaica Dr 4/3 $1.295M, 900 Snowberry Ln 4/3 $3.595M, 3557 West Gulf Dr 3/3.5 $4.5M, 3577 West Gulf Dr 4/5.5 $7.595M.

1 price change: 696 Kinzie Island Ct 4/5 now $2.25M.

4 new sales: 970 Palm St 3/2 listed at $525K, 1133 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 listed at $679K, 6188 Henderson 3/2 listed at $779K, 1112 Olga Ave 6/2.5 (duplex) listed at $8747.2K.

No closed sales.


2 new listings: 1299 Par View Dr $259K, 5706 Sanibel-Captiva Rd $549K.

1 price change: 1639 Serenity Ln now $295,555.

No new or closed sales.



No new listings.

1 price change: Sunset Captiva #201 2/2 now $975K.

No new or closed sales.


No new listings.

1 price change: 11514 Andy Rosse Ln 5/5 now $2.375M.

No new or closed sales.


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.)

So until next Friday, please enjoy the fall weather wherever you are, but don’t forget to schedule your next island stay or buy your property to enjoy then. Winter will be here before we know it & winters on Sanibel & Captiva are the best!

P.S. Facebook followers, if you don’t follow the “Beautiful Sanibel Island” page, you are missing some terrific photos. Here is one posted yesterday saying it was taken about noon on Middle Gulf. The water looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing, Tracy W, hope you don’t mind that I am sharing too!


Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

Bidding September Goodbye at SanbelSusan Realty

It’s SanibelSusan reporting another Friday of beautiful Sanibel Island weather. Today we continue to watch the track of Hurricane Matthew. It could miss much of Florida, but still bears a close eye.

This morning, there also was a news report that red tide which over the last few days has plagued Sarasota county beaches to the north, could be heading this way. There is a red tide watch through tomorrow for Lee and Collier counties. Fingers crossed that early Hurricane Matthew winds disburse it.

Teammate Lisa received the below “green flash” photos from a reader who noticed the one mentioned last week. She said she also saw one on her last island visit. (Thanks for sharing, Cheri.)


On the “Upcoming Events” tab above, I have been adding fall/winter happenings as they are scheduled and announced. “Season” is filling up nicely with plenty of things to do.

Record Turtle Nesting Season


Those here this summer likely noticed the large number of sea turtle nests. As reported on-line at the “Santiva-Chronicle”, as of Monday, “SCCF (Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation) reports that 23,017 sea turtle hatchlings have emerged. With almost 100 nests left on the beach, this season could beat last season’s 26,727 hatchlings. A normally-developed nest yields about 100 hatchlings to offset a survival rate of about 1 in 1,000 once the turtles are in the water.

“Last year was a record-setting year here for nests with more than 600. This year has obliterated that mark with a new record total of 826 nests, two of which are endangered green sea turtle nests.

“SCCF turtle volunteers comb the beaches each morning during the nesting season to chart the nests, stake them off and protect them from coyotes and other predators. The volunteers have been busier this season than ever before in all three of SCCF’s designated turtle nesting zones. All three zones have set nesting records. The volunteers also log false crawls, where a female turtle comes ashore but for one reason or another doesn’t lay eggs. The previous record for false crawls has also fallen with 1,447 false crawls found this season….

“The nesting season took a hit recently with the passage of Hurricane Hermine. Hermine a tropical depression when it skirted past the barrier islands on Aug 30 hundreds of miles out to sea. It created a storm surge that SCCF said washed out 57 nests on Sanibel and 24 on Captiva, a total loss of just under 10%….”

New Places/Things & Re-Openings

DunesEntrySignDunes Speed Humps – To reinforce the 20-mph speed limit to travelers taking this alternate route during high season, four humps have been installed on Sand Castle Road in The Dunes subdivision.

Two are on the north side of the circle and two on the south side. Speeders beware!

Noah’s Ark – Reopens Tues, Oct 4.

Sanibel Farmers MktSanibel Farmers Market – The locals are ready and this is an indication that “season” is coming. Sanibel Farmers Market opens Sunday and will be open every Sunday through Apr 30 – from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. on the grounds of City Hall. The only exception is Christmas Day, when it instead will be open the next day, on Monday.

Restaurant Reopenings:

  • Bleu Rendezvous French Bistro – Reopens Thurs, Oct 6.
  • Blue Coyote – Reopens Tues, Oct 4.
  • Sweet Melissa’s Café – Bar renovation is almost complete. They reopen Tues, Oct 4.
  • Trader’s Gulf Coast Grill & Gifts – Has their sold-out Shell Museum fundraiser on Mon, Oct 3. Reopens the next day for lunch and dinner.

Coming Soon:

  • Totally Baked – in the Island Center, 2407 Periwinkle Way (former location of McIntosh Books) where construction began this week, is expected to open in early Nov. This week, Sanibel Planning Commission approved a variance and development permit that will allow them to have 16 outdoor seats.
  • Pasture & Pearl – The “Island Sun” posted that this new restaurant will open in early 2017 in The Village Shops as a “refined and modern dining experience…a more relaxed interpretation of the “fine dining” concept….”


Florida Ranks 4th as Business-Friendly State

Florida Realtors logoAs posted yesterday by FloridaRealtors® on line:

“The nonpartisan Tax Foundation released its 13th annual State Business Tax Climate Index, which measures how well-structured each state’s tax code is by analyzing more than 100 variables in five tax categories: corporate, individual income, sales, property and unemployment insurance.

“Wyoming once again took first place with the most competitive tax code in the country, while New Jersey maintained its long-standing position at the bottom of the pack.

“Overall, Florida ranked fourth. Only three other states were deemed to have a more business-friendly tax code. This year’s most competitive states include:

  1. Wyoming 2. South Dakota 3. Alaska 4. Florida 5. Nevada 6. Montana 7. New Hampshire 8. Indiana 9. Utah 10. Oregon

“This year’s least competitive states include:

  1. Louisiana 42. Maryland 43. Connecticut 44. Rhode Island 45. Ohio 46. Minnesota 47. Vermont and D.C. 48. California 49. New York 50. New Jersey

“States are penalized for overly complex, burdensome and economically harmful tax codes, and rewarded for transparent and neutral tax codes that do not distort business decisions. A state’s ranking can rise or fall in rank because of its own actions or actions taken by other states….”

The full report is available online

A Lesson for Sellers on Disclosures

realtor logoThe below article posted on RealtorMag® “Daily Real Estate News” on Sep 21:

“Sellers may feel hesitant to reveal any minor problems with their home; afraid they’ll scare off buyers. But here’s a warning for your sellers: They may land in legal trouble if they fail to disclose.

““Most sellers think it is in their best interest to disclose as little as possible,” Rick Davis, a real estate attorney in Kansas, told®. “I completely disagree with this sentiment. In the vast majority of cases, disclosing the additional information (especially if it is something that was previously repaired), will not cause a buyer to back out or ask for a price reduction.”

“Disclosure laws vary from state to state, and sometimes even on a local level. (Florida is a full disclosure state.)

““In general, sellers should disclose any known facts about the physical condition of the property, existence of dangerous materials or conditions, lawsuits or pending matters that may affect the value of the property, and any other factors that may influence a buyer’s decision,” according to a recent article at®.

“This includes disclosing issues that have been previously repaired, Davis says. Also, disclose any inspection reports.

““It is much better to lose a buyer by clearly disclosing all known issues than it is to spend two years and tens of thousands of dollars in litigation,” says Adam Buck, a certified real estate specialist with the Frutkin Law Firm in Arizona.

“Rest assured, sellers won’t be put on the hook for failing to disclose issues that they didn’t know about.

They should be careful not to make any guesses when prompted, particularly when it comes to the measurements of the home — one common problem area for disclosures.

““Even if you’ve had an appraiser check out your home, you may have no idea how many square feet it truly is because, as it turns out, there’s no single agreed-upon way to measure a home,” the article states. “Three different appraisers can come up with three different measurements.” Don’t make a guess or buyers can come back and accuse you of misleading them.”

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity September 23-30, 2016



3 new listings: Sanibel Surfside #225 2/2 $799K, Atrium #201 3/3 $1.595M, By-The-Sea #9 3/2 $1.749M.

2 price changes: Tennisplace #D22 1/1 now $245K, Tanglewood #1A 3/2 now $1.099M.

1 new sale: Tennisplace #D21 1/1 listed at $229K.

4 closed sales: Loggerhead Cay #462 2/2 $505K, Sanibel Moorings #1542 3/2 $750K, Sundial West #A205 2/2 $789.5K, Surfside 12 #B1 3/2 $862.25K.


2 new listings: 2401 Shop Rd 2/1 $298K, 1525 San Carlos Bay Dr 3/2 $1.995M.

3 price changes: 9209 Kincaid Ct 3/2 now $489K, 1501 Sand Castle Rd 5/3.5 now $1.049M, 1842 Woodring Rd 3/3.5 now $2.295M.

4 new sales: 1364 Jamaica Dr 2/2 listed at $629.9K, 588 Hideaway Ct 3/2 listed at $699K, 3850 Coquina Dr 3/3 listed at $899K, 584 Kinzie Island Ct 3/4 listed at $1.795M.

1 closed sale: 774 Sand Dollar Dr 3/2 $1.225M.


1 new listing: 2401 Blue Crab Ct $879K.

No price changes, new, or closed sales.



No new listings, price changes, or new sales.

1 closed sale: Beach Villas #2416 1/1 $507K.


No new listings.

1 price change: 16464 Captiva Dr 8/8.5 now $6.295M.

No new sales.

1 closed sale: 11523 Wightman Ln 4/4 $1.82M.


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.)

So as September comes to an end, the wonderful popcorn-like clouds won’t be seen as often. They seemingly jump from the sky & create the best sunsets! Here are a couple from this week!



Enjoy your weekend, Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan