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Friday, August 12 2011


Last night the "Love that Dress" event to benefit the PACE Foundation took place at the Tahitian Gardens plaza on Sanibel Island.  The purpose was to raise money and to collect new or slightly used dresses that will be auctioned off next month.

It was a great time and the generosity of the residents and businesses on the island just continues to amaze me.  Royal Shell Companies was the primary sponsor of the event and Baileys General Store and The Prawnbroker Group - aka Timbers and Sanibel Grill provided great munchies and wine.  The chinese auction raised over $1000 and was made up of donations by the store owners in Tahitian Gardens.

Each of the stores had a "model" to showcase the stores' goods and to act as an official greeter to each store.  Realtors from Royal Shell Real Estate participated, including myself and we were able to adorn ourselves with clothing and jewelry for the evening.

Just a great night and a another reminder of why the islands of Sanibel and Captiva are so special!

Posted by: Sarah Ashton AT 09:52 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Friday, August 05 2011

Greetings from Sunny (albeit humid) Sanibel Island, Florida

The Sanibel Real Estate market has continued to be strong through July and year-to-date we have had an 18% increase in closed sales 2011 over 2010. That is quite remarkable!  Condos have lead the way with a 23% increase in the number of closed deals and an strong showing in the $1MM+ end of the market.  Very encouraging.

Land sales continue to lag - we actually had more closed land sales year-to-date in 2010 than we have had this year.  The values of existing homes is so much greater than the expense of purchasing a vacant lot and building new that the existing homes continue to be a better way to go. 
 
 

Two clients I have worked with in July have experienced something we haven't had in a long time - loosing a property they were interested in to another interested party getting an offer in on the property first!  I have also had clients have to deal with competing offers - another situation we haven't seen in a long time!  With all this activity - we are seeing the inventory decline.  This is due both to the number of sales as well as the time of year.  We typically get more folks listing in October in expectation of the seasonal influx of visitors. 

I hope you are having a great Summer and I look forward to hearing from you soon about your plans to come down to Sanibel!  Till next time....Sarah

Posted by: Sarah Ashton AT 11:29 am   |  Permalink   |  Email


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