Sanibel Real Estate Blog:Dr. Beach Top 10

May 22nd, 2015

Well, Sanibel didn’t make it this year but two area beaches: Barefoot Beach was ranked number 2 and Delnor-Wiggins  Pass State Park ranked number 9. Both of these beaches are in northern Collier County. This is not the first year these beaches have made Dr. Beach’s list. If you are interested in the number one beach, that would be Waimanalo Bay Beach in Oahu, Hawaii. It’s pretty significant that our local beaches rank right up there with an Hawaiian beach! Beach

If you get a trip to the area beaches in this summer and find yourself curious about Sanibel real estate, check out our website at for

Sanibel real estate listings or call us for more information.

Sanibel Real Estate Blog: RE/MAX AGENTS are Number 1.

May 14th, 2015

IMG_0134The latest rankings show Re/Max agents have these most transaction sides as other agents- doubling the average sides of Coldwell Banker, Berkshire Hathaway and C21. Re/Max also has the most agents worldwide at 890,000! So who do you want to work with buying or selling real estate.

If your real estate needs include Sanibel real estate, then be sure to checkout the listings at or give us a call to discuss Sanibel real estate anytime! Chuck Andrews 239-849-3396 (Sanibel real estate) , Kimberley Andrews 239-935-9235 (Fort Myers real estate)

Sanibel Real Estate Blog: Best Place for Family Vacay!

May 9th, 2015

Announced on the Today Show this week: Sanibel Island is the number one family-friendly vacation spot in the nation!

Sanibel scored this attention by winning two categories in FamilyFun magazine. Not only did it win family-friendly but also top tourist town in U.S.

Come and bring your family and if your visit turns to thoughts of Sanibel Real estate, check out our website at for up-to-date listings our give us a call at 239-849-3396 for any Sanibel real estate info



Sanibel real estate blog: Pending sales continue rise

May 1st, 2015

Pending home sales in March continued their recent momentum, rising for the third straight month and remaining at their highest level since June 2013, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, climbed 1.1 percent to 108.6 in March from an upward revision of 107.4 in February and is now 11.1 percent above March 2014 (97.7). The index has now increased year-over-year for seven consecutive months and is at its highest level since June 2013 (109.4).

Help us keep this pending sale thing going! If you have an interest in Sanibel real estate, check out our listings at or give us a call to discuss the Sanibel real estate market anytime.




Sanibel Real Estate Blog: A Landmark Gets a Facelift

April 15th, 2015

The Sundial Beach Resort ( a favorite location of ours as that was the location of our wedding reception 31 years ago!) has gotten a  needed “refreshing”. They have shed the ’70s look with a multi-million redo. The remodel included updating and upgrading the pool area (oh no, the shell slide is gone!) , adding a fitness center, poolside pizza & ice cream parlor, a KAY Casperson Lifestyle Spa & Boutique, and Bailey’s Marketplace.

The Sanibel Sea School campus was another nice addition. A full or half-day hands on marine life course is great for all of the families that choose Sundial as their Sanibel destination.

If a trip to the Sundial Resort finds you thinking about Sanibel real estate, check out the listings on our website:, or give us a call to discuss the area market anytime.

Sanibel Real Estate Blog:They are Buying Vacation Homes

April 8th, 2015

Some stats from the National Association of Realtors: Vacation home sales in 2014 raced past the peak in 2006. Vacation home sales were up 57% form 2013 nearly doubling the combined total of the past two years. In 2014, vacation home sales represented 21% of all transactions. 46% of all the vacation homes sales were in the south and 25% were in the west. When asked, 85% of the buyers said it was a good time to buy real estate!

We tend to agree with that. If you have an interest in checking out Sanibel real estate or Fort Myers real estate in general check out our website at or give us a call for your personal showings.

Sanibel Real Estate Blog: High Growth

March 26th, 2015

LEE & Collier both ranked in high the growth department with latest population estimates released by the U.S. census bureau. Lee County was number 6 in the top ten fastest-growing metro areas and Collier was number 10.

Lee County grew by 18,177 people last year and Collier added 8671 new residents. Not shocking as Southwest Florida is one of the best places in the US to live. ( yes, we are a little jaded after 40 years in the Sunshine state!)

If these numbers bring thoughts of your personal relocation to Southwest Florida or thoughts of Sanibel real estate, give us a call ( Chuck and Kimberley Andrews, RE/MAX of the Islands , 239-849-3396 or check out our for all of the area listings.

Sanibel real estate blog: NEW closing rules

March 18th, 2015

As of August 1, the CFPB will be having major mortgage changes taking place. The new rules will impact lenders & title companies but the real estate buyer and seller will be affected too.

We don’t have complete details yet as training is forthcoming but we do know that there will be a new disclosure (TILA_RESPA) that will be used beginning Aug. 1. Under the new rules, the consumer must be given the new closing disclosure 3 days before closing. If any change has to be made- then the 3 day period begins anew. Why does this matter? It could potentially delay a closing which could be a pain in lots of situations. Moving companies, travel plans, start & stop utility services to name a few.

As Sanibel real estate professionals, we will continue to stay on top of this story and the handling of the disclosure at closing time.

Check with us on Sanibel real estate- listings and info can be found on our website at, or give us a call at 239-849-3396, Re/Max of the Islands.



Sanibel real estate blog:some new stats!

March 12th, 2015

And here is the update on Jan 1- until today ( MARCH 12, 2015) with regard to Sanibel real estate sales.

Closed sales in  single family houses are at 42 (51 last year),  condos at 29 ( 20 last year), and lots at 8 ( 0 last year).
Sales appear to be pretty much on target for hanging with last years numbers where we ended up with 228 house sales, 184 condo sales, and 27 lot sales. There are 70 pending home sales 40 pending condo sales- so we will hit last years numbers.

We don’t have a first quarter update on median sales price but 2014 ended quite well- with a 9% increase in the previous years median sales price on a single family home(now $703,000) , and a 12.82% increase in the condo median sale price  ($550,000) .

The Andrews team can keep you updated on all of the latest Sanibel real estate news, check out our website for the active listings and give us a call if you  would like a showing!


Sanibel real estate blog: Look at those pending sales

March 4th, 2015

Pending sales went to their highest level since January 2013, reported the National Association of Realtors this month. All regions except the midwest saw gains.

Why are pending sales important? The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) is a forward looking indicator based on contract signings- so it tells us where we will be sale-wise in upcoming months.

If it is time for you to get in to the Sanibel real estate action, check out our website at or give Chuck Andrews a call to discuss the area market.