If you are thinking of selling your home, condo or homesite in the near future, NOW is the time to start the process. We all know our busy season is, well, busy, and it's by far the best time to list your property.
Our snowbirds start arriving next month and the trickle of owners and tourists turn into a flood of people as the weather up north starts to get colder. Our island traffic is always a good barameter of how our season is progressing.
Selling your home is a bit more of a process than just deciding to sell. My last few blogs have been about some of the things you can do to help get your home sold.
You can read Here about the importance of "de-cluttering" your home before potential buyers start showing up for a viewing. When someone shows up to look over your home, it's probably one of five or six homes they have viewed that week and you don't want your home to be remembered as the one with the kitchen crammed with clutter. Since you are planning on moving anyway, why not start the process of packing your "stuff" and getting it out of sight.
Another blog I wrote was about your curb appeal. You can check that one out Here. The first thing a potential buyer sees is the front of your home and your yard. Make sure it's cleaned up and in good repair. Drive up to your home and try and use a new eye and pretend you are a buyer. Look it over and see what sticks out. Does your front door need paint? The stair railing? Maybe a bird bath that hasn't looked good in years? Weeds around the driveway edge?
With just a little investment you can get your curb appeal in order and looking good! A few flowers, some paint, and some TLC will get your home in good order for a quick sale.
When I get a new listing I also get to work. I have a professional photographer come and take some great pictures for advertising (a de-cluttered home is a big help). I also have a virtual tour made of your home that will get posted with the listing for all island realtors (and public) to view. The tour is also easily viewed on public websites such as realtor.com. I send post cards about all new listings to island residents in the area and on my contacts list, and nice curb appeal really helps the post card photos pop!
My job is to sell your property and I take it very seriously. I am a long-time island resident and I understand this market and the challenges of buying, selling and building on our beautuful barrier island! Give me a call at 239-691-4915 or use my Contact Form, and I will get to work to get your property sold!
This is sure to be a busy season, so what are you waiting for?
Lots of visitors, and yes locals too, haven't ever taken the time to visit our neighboring islands. There are lots of ways for you to get to these great destinations and I'll get to that in a minute.
First (pictured to the right) is Cabbage Key! Always a favorite. This is a small back-bay island about 100 acres in size. There are a few walking trails, a water tower to climb, and a very famous and laid-back restaurant. One of the most interesting aspects of the restaurant are the thousands of dollar bills taped to the walls. Visitors are given a marker to sign their bills and tape to stick them anywhere on the walls where they can find space. The tape will hold the bill for a year or two and then the fallen dollars are donated to local charities.
Cabbage is a great location to make some memories, have lunch, and even stay the night if you want. There are only a few rooms to rent, but it's sure to be a fun stay!
Just a stones throw away from Cabbage Key is Useppa Island. Useppa is a private Club, but you can enjoy their restaurant and tour the island if you make prior reservations. You can also take one of the scheduled tour boats from Captiva Island to Useppa.
Another great destination is the next barrier island just to the north of Captiva Island, called Upper Captiva Island. Locals just refer to it as "North Cap." This island is three miles long, but only the northern mile has infrastructure to support a community. The electricity/phone comes from an underwater cable from Captiva, and has been run underground throughout this northern area. The island has four restaurants, a private air strip, and over 200 homes.
The most popular restaurant, which also has lots of dockage, is called "Barnacle's". Owners and guests get around on the shell roads by golf/electric cart. This magical island is worth a visit!
Just to the north of Upper Captiva, the next island is called Cayo Costa. Most of this island is a state park and there are no restaurants (or electricity) on the island. You can go to Cayo Costa and spend the day on the miles and miles of deserted beach, or you can rent a small cabin and spend the night... or week! It's a great getaway for your family and might be the perfect place to relax and just enjoy nature.
So now you have no excuse not to visit our local neighborhood of really cool islands! The above links will also direct you to sunset sails, shelling trips and fishing guides. Captain Mick Gurley aboard New Moon Sailing is also available for romantic sunset weddings!
I hope you enjoy our incredible island community, and as always, call me at 239-691-4915 or use my Contact Form to get started on your perfect island property. Homes, condos, homesites... I will help you find the perfect fit for you and your family!
Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
Did you know you can take a quick tour of some of our favorite neighborhoods? I've been putting together web pages and videos of Sanibel and Captiva for you to enjoy as you start your search of island properties. Our summer weather is almost here and it's a great time to enjoy all the sights and fun things to do on the islands. Besides searching for your island home, summer is great for birding, fishing, shelling and just enjoying miles and miles of our word famous beach!
By watching these videos you can get an idea of what each neighborhood has to offer. I also have a web page for each area in my website's "Near Beach" section. It's a great place to start to explore our islands! I also have pages dedicated to the Lighthouse, Wildlife Refuge and a video tour of Sanibel's eastern end. As well as the information in my website, I'd love for you to use my contact form, or call me at 239-691-4915, so I can put together information for you for your perfect island property!
Herons Landing II
When you're looking for something to do this summer I can help you explore and learn about my favorite place, Sanibel Island. I'm a long-time resident of Sanibel Island, and I love to show off what these islands have to offer. Royal Shell Real Estate has offices on Captiva Island as well as Sanibel Island and I have access to every listed property! Call Me! 239-691-4915
Chateaux Sur Mer
It's June already and I'm getting ready for another busy summer. I am never too busy to help you and your family and friends with their island real estate! I'm looking forward do hearing from you and I hope you enjoy my video tours!
Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
This week I would like to point out some of the fun and useful things that you can do with my website! From interesting facts about Sanibel and Captiva Islands to informative videos of our neighborhoods and condos, this is a one-stop site for all your island questions.
Captiva is world famous for its beaches, sights and quaint style and I'd love to be able to show you around!
If you want to search for properties, my site has the most modern and useful search engine you will find. You can search with whatever criteria you wish, or by map (left), or subdivision or condo. It's easy to use and you can save your searches and email your results to friends and relatives.
I even have a page of important numbers you might need when you decide to move to the islands.
As you drive around the island checking out which areas or condos look good to you, you can use my mobile site as you travel around the island. You can search properties with your smart phone or tablet as well as learn about the area and what it has to offer.
If you want to check out Sanibel before you get to the island, I have a couple of videos I made of the east end of the island. It's a great place to start! Click Here! I'm also proud of a video I have of one of Sanibel Island's most popular sites - The J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge.
As for our local neighborhoods and condos, my condo page and neighborhood page have links to each area along with video tours of each area. This is a wonderful way to check out all the different areas of the island without leaving your home!
Each area has local information, an area map and virtual tour of the neighborhood or condo!
Is there such a place as "Downtown" Captiva? It's probably something I determined on my own, as I picture Captiva's Downtown only consisting of a couple roads and my office.
I consider Andy Rosse Lane to be the main road, even though you can walk its length in under 5 minutes. At the inland side of Andy Rosse we have the island's only stop sign, which also lends credibility to my determining the island's hub of activity.
Andy Rosse Lane consists of restaurants, homes, townhomes, our general store and some really interesting shops. From eclectic art to water sports activity, the shops along Andy Rosse will hold your interest for hours. When you finally make it to the western end and the beach, you can walk the secluded shores for miles.
On Andy Rosse there are currently three homes listed for sale. There is a 5 bed, 5 bath for $1,999,000, a 5/5.5 for $2,375,000 and a 4/4 for $2,395,000. All three of these listings are unbelievably beautiful and offer just about everything you would want! Privacy, while at the same time being located just a short walk to the beach and some of the best restaurants in Florida.
Across from Andy Rosse (through our stop sign) is Binder Drive and Old Lodge Lane. I also consider this to be in our "Downtown" area and another favorite part of the island.
On Binder Drive there are four homes listed - from a 4/2 for $949,000 to a 4/5.5 for $3,950,000, which is a unique bay front home that is surely one-of-a-kind!
Old Lodge Lane branches off of Binder but there are currently no listing on that short road.
Running parallel to Andy Rosse (the next road to the north) is Wightman Lane. Wightman doesn't have the shops or walking traffic that Andy Rosse does, but the homes are just as unique and worth a look. There are currently five homes available on Wightman starting with a 2/2 for $1,025,000 to a 5/5 for $1,795,000.
Captiva Island real estate listing are always changing and I would love to hear from you so I can tell you more about this incredible island! You can call me at 239-691-4915 or just use my Contact Form. You can also watch a video of Captiva on my Captiva Webpage, and also check out my Captiva Gulf Front home listing - a 4/4 with an incredible rental history!
So don't delay! Season is here and this looks to be a busy real estate year.
Ok - time to take a look at January - June this year vs. last year.
The number of transactions are up in all categories on both Sanibel and Captiva Islands! The curiosity is that the price range of the properties that have sold is just slightly down from 2011.
I don't think that that will continue. As the number of transactions has increased, the inventory of properties has distinctly been reduced. With lower inventory comes price increases - albeit slowly. The low interest rates are continuing to help as well. Even with banks not wild about financing investment properties or requiring 30% deposits, many Sanibel and Captiva Island buyers are refinancing their primary residences at these reduced rates and using the capital to pay cash for their island purchases.
Which Sanibel neighborhoods and Sanibel Condos were the most active? The Dune neighborhood has had 14 closed transactions in the first 6 months of 2012. This is the greatest number of any other neighborhood on the island. The Sundial Beach and Tennis resort was the most active Condo complex on Sanibel with 17 condos sold for the first 6 months of 2012. These are pretty great numbers and speaks volume to the value buyers are feeling for Island real estate at this time.
Let me know if you have any questions or would like me to email you any additional information. You can contact me by phone - 239-691-4915 - or using my Contact Form.
Normally we judge the end of our tourist season by Easter, but that seems like it's not really the story these days. Sanibel and Captiva remain busy for quite a while longer, and then we switch to a "summer" tourist crowd who come here for the fantastic fishing along with all our fun summer events.
Since it's always interesting to see how our real estate market is doing, lets take a look at how we're doing compared to the same time period as last year.
This year from 1/1/2012 to 4/24/2012 we have had 65 home closings on Sanibel compared to 61 homes sold in the same time period last year. The average selling price this year is $806,262 and last year it was about the same at $805,225. Our listing price to selling price ratio for this year is 90% where last year it was 89%. It looks like we are neck and neck with our Sanibel home sales for the two years.
For Sanibel condo sales for the same period:
This year from 1/1/2012 to 4/24/2012 we have had 50 condo closings on Sanibel compared to 52 condos sold in the same time period last year. The average selling price this year is $621,734 and last year it was $695,197. Our listing price to selling price ratio for both years is exactly the same at 90%. These statistics show that condo sales are not quite as active as last year.
For a few more statistics, this year we currently have 233 homes listed on Sanibel along with 227 condos for sale. For the homes, prices range from $275,000 to $6,500,000. Condos range from $140,000 to $3,000,000.
Captiva Island currently has 51 homes listed and 57 condos. For the homes, prices range from $669,000 to $10,900,000. Condos range from $215,000 to $2,475,000.
This has been a fun and active season and I'd love to help you find just the right place! I have access to ALL the listings and since I'm an island resident, I can fill you in on everything you need to know abour our island paradise! You can call me at 239-691-4915 or use this Contact Form.
2011 is shaping up to be a much better year than 2010 with respect to Sanibel Island and Captiva Island real estate.
On Sanibel Island there have been a total of 271 houses, condos and lots sold thus far in 2011 versus 219 for the same time in 2010. That is a 23% increase in total volume. The prices of the sold units are up as well. Houses, condos and lots on Sanibel Island have a low prices that are 0 - 15% higher than last year with many more properties over $1 million having been sold.
On Captiva Island there have been a total of 39 properties sold in 2011 versus 26 in 2010. This is a 50% increase in volume. Prices on the top end have increased while some of the smaller properties have sold at a great value.
What is clear is that there will continue to be pressure on Sanibel and Captiva prices to hold or go up in the coming months based upon a greatly reduced inventory from last year. I have had several experiences this summer where my clients had properties sold prior to their being able to get an offer in. Additionally, the number of properties available to view and choose from was greatly reduced.
Here is brief look back at the Real Estate on Sanibel and Captiva Islands through 2010
A total of 303 properties were sold on Sanibel and Captiva Islands in 2010.This is a 7.8% increase in the total sold in 2009.Sanibel saw the most activity in 2010 with 265 properties sold making a 10.4% increase in total sold from 2009.There were 124 Houses, 120 Condos and 21 Lots sold.The real story is the increase in Condo sales.In 2009 there were only 86 units sold on Sanibel and in 2010 there were 120.Condos are back!
Captiva continued its slide with only 38 houses, condos and lots sold with Condo sales increasing from 22 in 2009 to 26 in 2010.More evidence that Condos are back.
Prices pulled back in all segments on both islands during the first part of 2009.They seemed to stabilize toward the end of the year.The values are very good!
Property Sold on Sanibel Island in 2010
Homes:124 with prices from $190,000 to $3,275,000
Condos: 120 with prices from $160,000 to $2087,500
Folks who read my last Blog about Sanibel Island Real Estate were asking - what about Captiva Island Real Estate?
So here goes
For January through September 2009 versus January through September 2010 Captiva Real Estate differed greatly from Sanibel.
In all Captiva Island real estate categories - Houses, Condos and Land - the number of transactions is way down from 2009. For houses and condos, the prices are down as well. Captiva has had an amazingly slow couple of years and the prices have continued to drop. As the stock market and the overall economy picks up, I believe that Captiva Island real estate will rebound.
Below are the 2009 figures followed by the 2010 figures.
As I said in my Sanibel real estate report - Is it a good time to buy - yes! With lower prices and low interest rates, it is a very good time to buy! Let me know if I can answer any questions for you about Island Real Estate
For as slow as March was, April has more than made up for it. Actually, for the first 4 months of 2010, Sanibel Island and Captiva Island have been busy. Sanibel Island has seen the inventory go down and the number of houses and condos sold and under contract go up! The prices, while still low, are holding a bit more than before. We have not started to see price increases and the number of price reductions has slowed. Below is a chart of the 2010 activity on both Sanibel Island and Captiva Island.
Activity - January - April 2010
Contact me if you would like additional information about what is going on in Sanibel Island and Captiva Island Real Estate.
Wow! Has it really been a month since I last posted a blog entry???!!
Well, let's start with a brief look back on the Sanibel Island and Captiva Island Real Estate activity in 2009.
A total of 281 properties sold on Sanibel and Captiva Islands in 2009.Sanibel saw the most activity with 143 Homes, 86 Condos and 11 Lots sold.Captiva continued it’s sluggish pace from 2008 with 16 Homes, 22 Condos and 3 Lots changing hands.
Prices continued to pull back in all segments on both islands in keeping with the economy in general.The good news is that the prices of homes and condos appear to have found a floor.
Property Sold On Sanibel Island in 2009:
Homes: Prices ranged from a low of $285,000 to a high of $3,900,000
Condos: Prices ranged from a low of $175,000 to a high of $3,200,000
Lots: Prices ranged from a low of $175,000 to a high of $750,000
Property Sold On Captiva Island in 2009:
Homes: Prices ranged from a low of $800,000 to a high of $7,250,000
Condos: Prices ranged from a low of $246,000 to a high of $2,175,000
Lots: Prices ranged from a low of $1,325,000 to a high of $2,900,000
If you would like more detail on these statistics, let me know. In my next post, I will take a look at 2010!