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Wednesday, November 14 2018

Dealing With Home Inspections Before You Buy!

You have just signed a contract for your Sanibel Island Dream Home and your Realtor says – “What Inspections would you like to have on the property?”

Inspections are a good idea in most instances so that you – the buyer of the property – know what you are getting.  Some of the most lovely properties have been found to have some serious, but fixable, issues upon review by inspectors. 

Sanibel island real estate
Sanibel island real estate Examples of this include finding evidence of active termites, copper piping that may be ready to leak, wood pilings that may have been covered so that the damage from wicking isn’t obvious.  All of these, plus others, can be very unpleasant, even scary to a buyer, however with a through inspection, the property can most likely be fixed.
At the most basic, a General Inspection from a licensed inspector or General Contractor, and a Termite Inspection (WDO – Wood Destroying Organism inspection) would be a good place to start. These inspections will tell you if you need to bring in a roofer for a review and estimate on roof repairs, or a pool contractor if there seems to be a problem with the pool. A general inspection for termites, or similar wood destroying pests is also a good idea.   Sanibel island real estate
Sanibel island real estate

If mold is suspected, or the buyer has concerns about indoor air quality, a Mold Test is a good idea.  Many General Inspectors are either licensed to do this test or can coordinate bringing in a specialist for this test. 

Radon testing is also a test some folks will request.  Talking with your Realtor and the Inspector can determine if these tests make sense for the type of property you are purchasing and the concerns you may have.

Are you planning on selling your house in the next six months?  You may want to do pro-active inspections to find out and address any items that might be obstacles for potential buyers.  Most buyers like to know that the seller has been taking care of the property and that repairs have already been made. At the end of the day, inspections are a great idea so you can minimize surprises after the closing. Sanibel island real estate
Sanibel island real estate

As always, a Realtor (Me!) can help you through this process. I work with buyers and sellers concerning inspection issues and I'm sure I can help smooth the process. Give me a call, even if it's just for an estimate of the value of your property, or general questions about selling or buying a home on Sanibel or Captiva Island. Buying on a barrier island is different than buying a mainland home and I'd love to work with you!

Give me a call Today!

239-691-4915

Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
ReMax of the Islands
239-691-4915
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Posted by: AT 10:46 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, June 27 2017

Comparing sales - 2016 vs. 2017

Now that 2017 is half over, let's take a look at sales statistics this year compared to the same time period last year. As you can see, 124 Sanibel homes have been sold so far in 2017. 

We currently have 142 Sanibel homes listed, and 87 condos, which means we have a super inventory of properties to show! Summers are a great time to come and enjoy our beaches as you let me search for your perfect place on our islands. Sanibel and Captiva islands continue to win awards, and our beaches and wildlife make this one of the best places to live!

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Homes Sold Av price Av Market/Days List/Sell %
Sanibel 2016 115 $992,816 171 94%
Sanibel 2017 124 $984,985 157 93%

Condos Sold Av Price Av Market/Days List/Sell %
Sanibel 2016 91 $759,065 190 95%
Sanibel 2017 84 $761,089 200 95%

Homesites Sold Av Price Av Market/Days List/Sell %
Sanibel 2016 15 $531,417 563 94%
Sanibel 2017 21 $331,158 478

93%

Homes Sold Av price Av Market/Days List/Sell %
Captiva 2016 17 $3,017,500 252 94%
Captiva 2017 15 $2,668,467 221 89%
 

Condos Sold Av price Av Market/Days List/Sell %
Captiva 2016 11 $1,021,227 229 95%
Captiva 2017 20 $661,313 217 97%

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Give me a call at 239-691-4915 or use my Contact Form to get started on your Sanibel-Captiva property search. I know our island real estate! Whether you are looking for a home, condo or homesite... I can find just what you're looking for! Click Here to check out my listings!

As an island resident I can help you find your perfect place in paradise! Call me today!

Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
ReMax of the Islands
239-691-4915

Posted by: AT 09:14 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Thursday, October 13 2016

Comparing sales - 2015 vs. 2016

January - September 2015 compared with January - September 2016

It's always interesting to check out same-time sales over the years to see how our market is doing.

We currently have 125 Sanibel home listings, and as you can see from the chart below, our real estate is up in price but we sold fewer  homes compared to last year. We also have 96 Sanibel condos currently listed with the chart showing the same trend as home. 

Homes Sold Av price Av Market/Days List/Sell %
Sanibel 2015 203 $881,915 235 94%
Sanibel 2016 148 $1,059,705 168 94%

Condos Sold Av Price Av Market/Days List/Sell %
Sanibel 2015 132 $677,183 324 94%
Sanibel 2016 112 $726,730 219 95%

Homesites Sold Av Price Av Market/Days List/Sell %
Sanibel 2015 36 $392,344 354 90%
Sanibel 2016 18 $564,579 607

93%

Homes Sold Av price Av Market/Days List/Sell %
Captiva 2015 19 $3,269,079 430 90%
Captiva 2016 23 $2,894,413 289 93%
 

Condos Sold Av price Av Market/Days List/Sell %
Captiva 2015 30 $1,112,050 230 95%
Captiva 2016 15 $962,867 230 95%

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As usual... give me a call at 239-691-4915 or use my Contact Form to get started on your Sanibel-Captiva property search. I also have some great new listings! Whether you are looking for a home, condo or homesite... I have just what you're looking for! Click Here to check them out!

As an island resident I can help you find your perfect place in paradise! Call me today!

Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
ReMax of the Islands
239-691-4915

Posted by: AT 10:04 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, March 14 2016

Perfect for your Sanibel Island lifestyle!

Season sure is fun around here! Our weather has been fantastic for biking, sightseeing and hitting the beach! Perfect! It's also the best time of the year to check out properties that fit your needs. We have a great inventory of Sanibel homes, condos and homesites. We also have great properties available on Captiva Island.

Check out these two listings that I believe would be just right for someone. One is a condo and one is a home.

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Sea Pines of Sanibel

The first listing is located at 1390 Middle Gulf Drive. This is a three bed, three bath townhome overlooking the Sanibel River. Located in desireable Sea Pines Community, you have stunning views of the River in a private, quiet community. This townhome is just a short walk to the beach and is convenient to everything. A private dock allows you to launch your kayak in back of your home. The unit boasts impact windows, composite decking in the screened lanai.
This townhome is offered for $549,000

Check out the Virtual Tour!

Next we have a great condo located at 2840 West Gulf Drive. This is Seashells of Sanibel and has its own easement to the beach just accross the street! This is a two bedroom, two bath fully furnished condo. Seashells of Sanibel is also a great location if you want to put your condo into their on-site rental program. This condo has an updated kitchen and tile floors throughout. New appliances (except refrigerator) and AC condenser in 2015. Upbeat island decor and comfortable furnishings make this a great island property. The Seashells complex has on-site rental management and permits weekly rentals in Season and 3 day rentals during the summer.
This condo is being offered for $375,000

Check out the Virtual Tour!

Sea Shells of Sanibel

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Sanibel island real estate

Make this your year for Sanibel Island and Captiva Island! Our market is active and I'm sure I can find the perfect property for you! We currently have 158 homes available on Sanibel. We also have 103 condos available. Some on the beach and some within walking distance. If you think you might be interested in building, we have 69 homesites available! I have had a home built on Sanibel Island and I can help you with your options of building on our barrier island. 

Contact me TODAY and I can get to work for you. Just tell me what your criteria is and then head to the beach as I do all the legwork for you. I can narrow down the selection to properties right for you .

I love living on Sanibel Island and I know you will too!

Call me! 239-691-4915

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Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
ReMax of the Islands
239-691-4915
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Posted by: AT 10:32 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Thursday, September 17 2015

Gearing up for a busy season!

It's always fun to prepare for our upcoming busy season! Vacation rental companies are reporting near full occupancy over the winter season. I think the massive snows up north last year contribute to the need to visit Sanibel and Captiva Islands.

We will most likely have a full inventory by season, but currently we have fewer listings than usual. Sanibel Island has 96 homes listed, from a 3/2 for $450,000 to a 5/5 for $4,895,000. Condo listings on Sanibel are also down, we have 74 condos listed from a 1/1 for $225,000 to a Gulf Front 3/3 $2,295,000.

Sanibel Island real estate

Sanibel Island real estate

Sanibel Island real estate

Sanibel Island real estate

We are also seeing an uptick in lot sales and home construction. With new insurance flood regulations, sometimes it makes sense to build exactly the type of home you want. On Sanibel we have 65 vacant lots listed from a property near Bowman's Beach for $179,900, to a Gulf Front lot on West Gulf Drive for $2,895,000.

If building sounds right for you, I've had a home built on Sanibel and I can help you through the process. Building on a barrier island does take specialized knowledge.

As usual I like to mention upcoming things to do on our islands (Click Here). This time of year is excellent for back bay fishing and it's always fun to hire a guide or rent a boat. You can find more information Here. More choices to get out in a boat are:

New Moon Sailing
'Tween Waters Charter Guides
Jensen's charters and boat rentals
South Seas Resort Marina 

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Sanibel Island real estate

The bottom line is... Plan now for your trip to Sanibel Island and Captiva Island! It's going to be cold up north (again), and it's going to be beautiful here (again)! Make this YOUR year for the islands.

Our beaches await. Our wildlife awaits.
Our lifestyle awaits!

Give me a call Today! Contact me and I can find your special place in paradise. Whether it's a home, condo or homesite, I can help you find the perfect place on our island paradise!

Call Me!
239-691-4915

Sanibel Island real estate

Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
239-691-4915
Web Contact Form

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