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Monday, September 24 2018

Visiting an Open House makes sense!

Are you in the market for a new house or condo?  Are you new to the area and trying to get the lay of the housing land?  Are you just curious what your neighbor’s house looks like and what they are trying to sell  it for?  Whatever the reason, most folks have gone to an open house or two. It makes sense and can be fun! Sanibel real estate
Sanibel real estate If you are seriously interested in either the particular property that is having an open house, or just trying to understand the market, there are some questions you should ask so you walk away with a better sense of what you are seeing.  You may not get all the answers but it never hurts to ask.

Ask:  Why is the home on the market?

Why?:  If the owner’s job has transferred or they have already moved, this can affect their motivation to sell.  They may be more motivated to take a lower price and close more quickly if the owner is already in their new location.

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sanibel real estate

Ask:  How long it has been on the market? And have there been any listing price reductions?

Why?:  Again – it goes to the seller’s motivation to  take a lower price.  It can also, if the property is vacant and it has been on the market for an extended period of time, trigger the thought that inspections will be key – a vacant home often has more problems than one that is lived in.

Ask:  What are the insurance, utilities, taxes and maintenance expenses are for the property?

Why?:  Knowing the cost of ownership can make or break owning a property.  Insurance expense can  be a real deal killer on our barrier islands so ask as early as possible. Remember too that the Property Taxes will be recalculated based upon the sale price of the property so the current owners taxes may not be yours.

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sanibel real estate

Open houses can be fun.  They can also be informative if you are prepared with the right questions.

I want you to find the perfect property for you! Give me a call and I can help you with the sale of your home, or the purchase of a new home!

Call me today!


Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
ReMax of the Islands
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Posted by: AT 09:16 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, September 10 2018

You have decided that a Sanibel Island Condo is a great option for your Island home. You ask your trusted Real Estate advisor (Me) to put together a list of properties that meet your criteria. The list is a good one and off you go to take a look. Along the way it comes up that you have a 35 pound dog who will be living in the condo as well. Stop the presses!  Many of the properties on the list are now off the list because of the condo Pet Policies. With the many different rules for condo pet ownership, call me to help you figure out what locations would suit your needs.

Sanibel real estate
Sanibel real estate

It is not unusual for there to be an outright ban on pets in condo complexes. That is actually the easy stance. Some associations require to meet the dog, and some allow you to purchase a unit in the complex with a dog but once it dies, there is a “no replacement” policy. It is also relatively common for a condo to allow owners to have pets, however tenants may not. Often those condos that allow owners to have pets also have a weight limit and/or limit the number of pets an owner may have.

If all this sounds a bit odd, put yourself in the position of being a resident in the complex. Larger dogs can be a risk if they jump up on other condo owners to "greet them." And any dog can be a challenge if they bark when the owner is away. Sometimes pets and their owners get along just fine but not so well with strangers. So, while the restrictions may seem odd, community living often requires a give and take.

Sanibel real estate
Sanibel real estate

Bottom line – if Condo living is your desire, and you have a dog, or a pet in general – do your homework! Or better yet, call me and I'll do the homework for you. I know how to keep updated on the changing rules for condo owners on Sanibel and Captiva islands.

Just give me a call, or use my online form, and I can get you a list of all properties that might fit your criteria.

This is a great time to check out Sanibel and Captiva! Not much traffic and our weather has been great! Give me a call today, or you can use my website homefinder search feature to get started on your property search. And don't forget to tell me about your pets!

Sarah Ashton Broker Associate ReMax of the Islands

Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
ReMax of the Islands
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Posted by: AT 09:58 am   |  Permalink   |  Email

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22440 Palm Ridge Rd, Unit 4
Sanibel, FL 33957

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