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Tuesday, July 30 2013

A Few Ideas To Help You Sell!

Many who list their homes for sale tend to dismiss one of the age-old, tried and true chores that you should do before listing – De-clutter your home!

Since you’re selling your home anyway, why not start packing your stuff and make your home more appealing to people who come to look. After all, when people are checking out your home they want to picture themselves living there and it’s harder if your home is full of garden gnomes or plastic angels.

As with most things, a plan makes sense. Maybe start with just one section of your home each day: a shelf, a closet, the garage.  You would be surprised at how much you can de-clutter by just setting aside 30 minutes each day. Just start at one corner of a room and work your way around the room. Maybe even go over the room twice.

Some of your possessions you’ll want to box up for your move, but I’ll bet you have things you could donate or give away. This might make you feel better than if you just start throwing some of your things away. You can put the things you’re not sure about in a box and date it, then after you move don’t open the box for a few months. If you can’t even remember what’s in the box – give it away!

For clothing, the old rule about clothes still applies; if you haven’t worn an item in six months, give it away, donate it, or sell it.

Some people like to label their boxes either, “Keep it,” “Don’t need it,” or “Not sure.” Maybe when you move  you’ll be so excited about your new home that you won’t want to unpack any of those three boxes.

If you still aren’t sure what to get rid of and what to keep, ask someone you trust to help you go through your things. This might make it more fun while you decide if you want to keep the dusty pink unicorn that was sitting on the kitchen shelf next to the nutmeg.

The main goal it to get your home in the best order possible so you can get the best price possible. Maybe after you de-clutter you just might want to give a new coat of paint to the first room buyers will see when they enter your home. And thinking about what buyers will see first, in one of my future blogs I’ll discuss ways to improve your “curb appeal” to impress buyers as they pull up to your home.

There are many things you can do to help sell your property, and the most important would be to Contact Me! I can help you through the process of selling your home, condo, or homesite. As a Realtor and a long-time island resident, I know what it takes to sell your home. I can give you an opinion of your home's value as well as explain all the steps to reach a sucussful sale.

Give me a call at 239-691-4915 or use my Contact Form to get started! I have a step-by-step plan for listing your property and I'd love to meet you get started with the sale of your property!

Thank You!
Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate

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Sunday, July 21 2013

How The First Six Months of the Year Shape Up

We all know Sanibel and Captiva Island real estate has lots to offer, and we also know we've been through a downturn in our nation-wide, and local, real estate market.

It sure looks like this year and last year have seen a nice increase in Sanibel home sales, and a definite increase in activity as people search for island property.

If we look at closed transactions for the first six months of this year (Jan.-June), compared to the same time period last year,  this is what we find:

In 2012 we had 105 home closings on Sanibel in the price range from $235,000 to $4 million, and this year we saw 131 Sanibel home closings from $301,000 to $5 million. These stats show we've had a 22% increase in home sales with a 22.3% increase in sales price. This is good solid proof that we are in a recovering home sale market on Sanibel!

The Sanibel condo market is still slow. It may be the buying public is looking more for full-time home ownership and still nervous about income producing condos. The statistics for Sanibel condos from this year to last are as follows:

In 2012 we had 107 condo closings on Sanibel in the price range from $155,000 to $2.08 million, and this year we saw 94 Sanibel condo closings priced from $110,000 to $2.2 million. These stats show a 12.9% decrease in sales, with a sales total averaging just about the same for the two years.

Now let's look at Captiva Island real estate. Captiva has a real estate entry price point quite a bit higher than Sanibel, and is limited to higher income sales market.

In 2012 we had 18 home closings on Captiva in the price range from $660,000 to $3.87 million, and this year we saw 12 Captiva home closings priced from $630,000 to $8.5 million. These stats show we've had a 40% decrease in sales, but the price total you could say is higher, but maybe should be called mixed since the high sale of $8.5 million was so much higher than the $3.87 in 2012.

The Captiva Island condo sales for the first six months of this year compared to last year is:

In 2012 we had 24 condo closings on Captiva in the price range from $210,000 to $2.285 million, and this year we saw 17 Captiva condo closings priced from $198,000 to $2 million. These stats show we've had a 34% decrease in sales, with a sales total down slightly,

I think what should be read into these sales figures would be that home sales are strong and getting stronger. Interest rates are still low and our national economy is showing signs of a good recovery.

The bottom line is you need to start your search for your perfect island property! Give me a call at 239-691-4915 or use my contact form and let me help you start your search! You can also click here and check out prices for yourself. My user friendly search program allows you to either search by price, map location, and just about any other criteria that is important to you. The Bottom Line... Contact Me!

Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
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Friday, July 12 2013

2403 Blue Crab Court

Do you ever dream about building the perfect home on the perfect lot on the best island? If so, this is your chance! I love this area of the island, and with a waterfront property like this you are just minutes by boat to the waters of Pine Island Sound.

Located on Blue Crab Court, this 30,000+ sq. ft. lot offers ample space to build your Sanibel home by the water. A dock is in place and there is 7,600 sq ft of impervious coverage, and 9,100 sq ft. of area to develop.

This homesite is listed for $499,000 and is located in Dinkins Bayou subdivision. Dinkins Bayou is right next to the Sanctuary Golf and Tennis Club and just a short distance to the J.N Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge!

One of my favorite island beaches is located down the road a short distance at Blind Pass, just before Captiva Island.

This property will have stunning views of Dinkins Bayou from your elevated home. To make this property even better, house plans for a four bedroom home with a pool are available.

Property Survey Here!


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If this property sounds like the perfect location for your island home - Give Me A Call! I am a long-time Sanibel resident and I've had experience building a home on Sanibel Island. This makes me the perfect choice for you to contact for answers to all your building needs!

I have access to ALL the listings on Sanibel Island, Captiva Island and Fort Myers and I'm ready to help! Give me a call at 239-691-4915 or use my Contact Form to get started!

Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
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Tuesday, July 02 2013

Our Wildlife Get A Makeover

Okay, so maybe our wildlife doesn't get a makeover, but Wildlife Drive does! Wildlife Drive, the main road through the Refuge, is being re-paved and is expected to reopen October 1, 2013.

The good news is that the rest of the Refuge will remain open. You can still visit the Education Center (free), and also enjoy everything on the summer program schedule - click here for the full list!

This is from the press release about the closure, "This construction project will replace the existing open-grade pavement on Wildlife Drive with an asphalt concrete pavement. Existing and newly planted vegetation will help filter runoff. Portions of the shoulder currently used for parking will be reinforced and/or topped with crushed stone/gravel to prevent erosion and additional runoff.

Check our my Refuge Video above!

The Press Release continues, "The new surface will be an asphalt concrete that will extend the life of Wildlife Drive for 20 years, and will enhance visitor access, especially for bicyclists and pedestrians. Indigo Trail will only be accessible through guided tours conducted by Tarpon Bay Explorers. All other refuge access locations, including Tarpon Bay Recreation Area and the Bailey Tract will remain open."

This means you should still come and check it out! A guided tour along the Indigo Trail would really make your day. All the wildlife along Wildlife Drive can also be found along the Indigo Trail, and the Visitor Center is a great place to learn about our area as well as cool off before heading to the Bailey Tract area (also  open!).

J.N. Darling Website


We love our local wildlife and it makes sense to take care of our protected areas. In case you didn't know, Sanibel is over 60% preserve property. We take our natural surrounding seriously... and it's worth it. As a long-time Sanibel resident, I can assure you our Sanibel lifestyle is something you should try! Contact me for information about making the move to Sanibel Island!

If you want to check out the live web-cam of the improvements being made to the Refuge, Click Here. Maybe you will see one of our alligators checking out his new road! I was just checking out the webcam and I think this might be a great way to watch one of our sunsets over the lagoon. Take a look and email me about anything interesting you see!

This is the week of our July 4th events and if you're in the area come check us out! Our parade (always a good time) starts at 9:30 a.m. The Parade Route will begin at Tarpon Bay Road on Periwinkle Way and end at Casa Ybel Road.

And yes, we will have fireworks! They start around 8:45 p.m. (dusk) and will be launched from the north end of Bailey Road. You can check out all the fourth events Here at the City of Sanibel website.

As always, I'm here and ready to help you become my island neighbor! Our summer is a great time to start your search for the perfect property. Whether it's a home, homesite or condo, I've got access to ALL the listings! Give me a call at 239-691-4915 or use my Contact Form.

I'm looking forward to hearing from you... Call Now!

Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate

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