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Monday, September 23 2013

The Latest Info On Near Beach Sanibel Sales

It's nice, in fact great, to see our Sanibel real estate market getting fully on its feet again! This year, and last year, have been a continuation of the national economic recovery. It helps that bank rates are continuing to be at historic lows and home prices are extemely reasonable.

Sanibel and Captiva real estate have always been in demand, and it was the economic downturn that dragged us down. Lots of people were just waiting for the recovery to start before they jumped back into the market. Sanibel and Captiva are incredible places to live! As a long-time Sanibel resident, I can definitely relate!

In this blog I want to take a look at our Sanibel near-beach home sales.

Currently we have 52 near-beach Sanibel homes listed. Asking prices start at $424,900 for a two bed, two bath, 1401 sq. ft. ground level home on Tahiti Drive, to a four bed, three bath, 6045 sq. ft. home on Dingman Drive for $2,495,000. There are currently 5 near-beach homes under contract and pending sale.

So far this year we've had 71 near-beach Sanibel homes sold (that's right! 71). The listing to sales price, so far this year, has been 91%.

We are on track toward a great year. Last year during the same period we had 70 near-beach Sanibel home sales, which shows that for two years our market has been healthy. This is a great time to start your search for island property - rising market, low rates, good inventory and reasonable sales prices.

For a snapshot of our current market listings:

Sanibel
Total home listings on Sanibel - 146
From a 3/1 on Court Place for $289,000, to a 3/5 for $23,000,000 on San-Cap Drive.
Total condo listings on Sanibel - 134
From a 1/1 at Spanish Cay for $$264,000, to Sedgemore Condo for $2,999,900.

Captiva
Total home listings on Captiva - 34
From a 3/2 on Dickey Lane for $879,000 to a 7 bedroom on Captiva Drive for $10,900,000
Total condo listings on Captiva - 30
From a 1/1 in Tennis Villas for $225,000 to a 3/3 Beach Home condo for $2,050,000.

Give me a call today to start your search for the perfect island property! I can do all the research for the property that fits your criteria and arrange for you to see it. If you're not on-island, no problem. I can send you photos and all the information you need to advance your search. I can find you just what you're looking for! In a few years there will be many who say, "If only I bought back in 2013 before prices and interest rates..."

Contact Me Today!

 

Thanks!
Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
239-691-4915
www.SarahAshton.com
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Friday, September 13 2013

Homesite Sales are UP!

For a while now our real estate market has been brisk and improving! For Sanibel home sales we've had 165 closings so far this year! That's a great sign for our market. Home sale closing prices have been from $115,000 to $1,600,000.

Our Sanibel condo market has seen 131 closings this year, from $110,000 to $2,200,000 - it's fantastic to see our local market come back from the national real estate slump.

Sales of homesites on Sanibel have been terrific and surprising! Vacant lot sales mean construction jobs, and happy news for the economy in general. Last year we saw 24 homesite closings, and to-date this year we've had 15 closings with 7 more pending.

I don't believe many of these homesites were purchased for purely investment purposes. We are seeing new construction on these properties, which means we have quite a few new island residents on the way!

 

Currently I have two homesite listings;

One on the water in Dinkins Bayou listed for $499,000. This lot has direct access to the Gulf of Mexico and the great fishing of Pine Island Sound. A dock is already in place.

My other listing is in Beachview overlooking the beautiful fairway of the Sanibel Golf Course. The asking price is $395,000. Beachview is just a short walk to the beach and the deeded beach access.

Both lots have very large buildable areas. Click the above links for more information and locations.

I have built a home on the island myself and I can help you with everything it takes to get your dream home started! Building your home is a fun challenge and I highly recommend it. You can watch your home being built, or if you're off island I can send you photos as your construction progresses.

Sanibel currently has 84 homesite listings and I can help you find the perfect choice for you. Near beach? On the bay? Tropical wildlife setting? Sanibel Island has it all!

If you want to start your search, and you're not on the island, I can input your buying criteria into my search engine and you will be emailed every new listing that fits your needs. No hassle and no high pressure! You can set your criteria by just about any feature. Homes, condos, homesites, Sanibel or (and) Captiva, size, location, bedrooms... whatever you wish!

So give me a call Today! 239-691-4915 or use my Contact Form Here. Just let me know what I can do to help. I'm a long-time owner on Sanibel and I can help you find your piece of paradise!

 

Call Me Today!  239-691-4915

 

Thanks!
Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
239-691-4915

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Wednesday, September 04 2013

Another Tip To Help Sell Your Home

This tip is not just if you are selling your home unfurnished, staging your home can be done with your existing furniture. When potential buyers are looking at homes, yours is competing with all the other homes in the area in that price range, and you want to maximize your home's appeal.

You want your home to look cozy and warm. Some think that your home will look more roomy if you push your furniture against the wall - Not true! You should position your sofas and chairs into conversational groups, and in such a way as to show an obvious traffic pattern. This will open up the room and make it seem larger to potential buyers.

You can also shake things up a bit. Just because you have your favorite armchair in your den doesn't mean it won't look better in the sitting area in your bedroom. Try to look at your furniture with a new eye. If you have that "one room" that seems to be the place that gathers your junk, take notice and clean it!

Try moving your lamps and home accessories to places that will open your home and make it appear more airy and comfortable to buyers.

You can also repurpose a room into something that will add value. Something as easy as putting a table and a lamp in a stairwell nook will transform the area.

Lighting is another issue that you can easily change. To create a warm look you can increase the wattage in your lamps. The rule-of-thumb is to try and get a total of 100 watts for every 50 sq. ft., and you shouldn't depend on just one lighting fixture per room. You should have three types of lighting: general overhead, under cabinet, and table/wall lighting. You will be surprised how much difference lighting will make.

If you decide to paint a few rooms, keep the living room/den in neutral colors. A potential buyer might not like your experiment with bright colors. Just remember that everything you do to your home is to appeal to buyers, not you or your family.

For your bedroom, add some luxurious linens with colors that make potential buyers feel comfortable and, hopefully, at home. Also, cleaning out your larger closets will show off your roomy storage areas, which helps sell houses!

My last posts talked about removing clutter, and curb appeal, and along with staging your home for a sale, all of it fits together to help your home stand far above your competition.

The real estate market is definitely picking up and your competition is doing all they can to get their home sold! I can help you with all your home selling needs and I am looking forward to helping you get your home sold fast, and for a good price.

If you are thinking of selling this year - It's Time To Call Me!

Contact Me

Thanks!
Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
239-691-4915

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