Sanibel Real Estate blog: PETS

September 10th, 2015

We love our pets- but how do you deal when you are trying to sell a home:

 

  • Clean the entire house, especially rugs or carpeting, before putting the home on the market. It may mean calling in professionals – and don’t forget air vents.
  • Once the house is clean, keep it that way.
  • Pet owners often don’t notice the odors caused by animals, so ask a Realtor or friend if they can smell anything.
  • If animals have urinated in the house, replace the affected carpeting or flooring, and eliminate the odor at its source.
  • Ideally, pets should be removed from the home while the house is on the market. If impractical, take pets out during showings or keep them confined in a small room or crate.
  • Safety is the major reason to remove pets from the home during showings,” said saysDavid Scott of RE/MAX Valley Realtors in Illinois, who says he once was attacked by a dog at a property he was showing. “Pet owners usually think their animals are harmless, but accidents do happen, and both homeowners and brokers could have legal liability.”

Pets can also be a distraction. Some people are phobic about animals. Others adore them. Either group can have a hard time ignoring a pet wandering around a home, and 15 minutes playing with a cat takes time away from viewing the home.

If you have some Sanibel real estate to sell, pets or not, give Chuck Andrews a call at 239-849-3396 or check out our website for current listings at www.chuckandrews.com

Sanibel Real Estate blog:Healthy Market!

August 18th, 2015

An  interesting article in the 8/15 Fort Myers News-Press, for all of you interested in buying or selling Sanibel real estate.

Lee County sales were up more than 9 percent as compared to the same time last year. Collier’s sales were down slightly. The two factors that contribute to Lee’s performance are affordability and inventory. The median sales price in Collier is $423,000 as compared to $218,000 in Lee County.

Obviously there are more $200,000 buyers than $400,000 ones, so this should drive inventory down and prices up. That is what is happening in Lee as inventory is down almost 16 percent and the quarterly median price is up 9.6 percent. Collier’s inventory is down less than 2 percent and the median price has risen a modest 4 percent. Naples hasn’t lost its luster, just its affordability.

Sales for condominiums are down slightly in both counties.

The most newsworthy event is that the quarterly median sales price in Lee County has finally passed the $200,000 mark. That’s impressive considering the median was only $143,000 for the second quarter in 2013. Interestingly, Collier’s median price in 2012 was $275,000, 25 percent higher than Lee’s current median price.

Luxury, ultra luxury continue improvement

The Lee County luxury market ($1 million-$5 million) saw an impressive 24 percent increase in closed sales during the second quarter and Collier County had a 7 percent reduction in closings in the same price and time range. However in the ultra luxury market, which are homes sold over $5 million, Collier had a 47 percent increase and Lee County had no change.

The most improved segment

The move-up market segments, which are the price ranges above $300,000, were the most improved in Lee County during the second quarter. Specifically, the $300,000-$500,000 was up 19 percent, the $500,000 to $1 million was up 25 percent and the million dollar plus market was up 23 percent. There were 346 closed single-family homes last quarter in the price range of $500,000 to $1 million. In fact there were more homes sold in that price range in Lee County then in Collier. Collier’s percentage changes were +17 percent, +7 percent and -3 percent respectively.

In spite of Collier’s improvement in the ultra luxury segment, there were fewer homes sold between $1 million to $5 million during the second quarter this year versus last year. This may be because that buyer moved their purchase into Lee County or decided to take advantage of the many new home choices that now exist.

Conclusion

The health of the residential market is as good as I’ve seen it in more than a decade. Supply, but not too much, price growth, but not too fast, and investors, but not too many. Our market, which used to be a four-month selling season, has turned into a 12-month selling season. I expect this to continue as long as the sellers from our feeder markets continue to reap the benefits of their improving market.

If it is time for you to hop in (or out) of the Sanibel real estate market, check out our listing at www.chuckandrews.com or give us a call at 239-849-3396.

Sanibel real estate blog: NAPLES & CAPE Top for Future Job Growth

August 3rd, 2015

Naples is tops in the nation for highest forecasted job growth, according to a new Forbes magazine rating. Cape Coral is third on the list. Six Florida cities were in the top 10. Cape Coral is expected to have 4.4% job growth through 2017. The job area creation is construction, retail and health care as the area struggles to keep up with the influx of boomer retirees.

If you are headed to Southwest Florida for a job or retirement, check out our Sanibelreal estate listings at www.chuckandrews.com, or give us a call for any Sanibel real estate info!  Chuck Andrews: 239-849-3396

Sanibel Real Estate Blog: Songwriters Announced

July 22nd, 2015

The second annual Island Hopper Songwriter 10 day fest is just around the corner and the talent has just been announced.

Starting on 9/17 on Captiva at South Seas, Downtown Ft. Myers and Ft. Myers Beach Sept 25-27, the event features mostly free concerts. The songwriters that are performing have written songs for Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley and Toby Keith. Check out www.islandhopperfest.com for more info, tickets, venues and performance schedules.

If a trip to the island has you dreaming of Sanibel real estate, check out all Sanibel and area real estate listings at www.chuckandrews.com. Or give us a call for Sanibel real estate info anytime at 239-849-3396.

Sanibel Real Estate Blog: Speed Sale Your Home

July 7th, 2015

The Florida Realtor Association has come up with a ” 48 Ways to Speed a House Sale” and of course, the first one is have Realtor evaluate your home to see what needs to be updated, repaired or removed.
I am going to make this as concise as possible- but if you are selling your Sanibel real estate, we would be happy to come by and go through all 48 ways with you!

2-8 REPAIR: yep, all those sticky windows, leaky faucets, cracked tiles, damaged walls.

9-12 UPDATE: those yellow blinds are working anymore, look at faucets, showerheads, drawer pulls.

13-16. PAINT!

17-20. BRIGHTEN: Wash the windows, take down heavy window treatments…

21-22. DEPERSONALIZE: family photos & knickknacks out!

23-26. DECLUTTER: books, kitchen counters, look at your coffee table now- last year’s Christmas cards- out!

27-30 ORGANIZE: pantry,closets, garage

31-36 CLEAN: EVERYWHERE!!

37-39 HIDE PET SIGNS: smells, food and FIDO too

43-46 PRUNE AND LANDSCAPE: dead plants, weeds, overgrown shrubs, go check it out.

47-48: STAGE OUTSIDE: Entry way should be clean and inviting.

Now you can sell your Sanibel Real estate, give Chuck Andrews a call for all of the up to date comparative sales.

Sanibel Real Estate Blog: Lee Market still HOT!

June 24th, 2015

Lee County Housing Market Continues To Be A Seller’s Market

 

(FortMyers,FL– June 22, 2015) The latest data just released from Florida Realtors® shows Lee County continues to be a seller’s market.

 

The Median Sale Price of single-family homes has once again climbed compared to May of last year. It increased 11.4% year over year for the month of May to $217,250.

The Median Sale Price for Condos in Lee County increased 11.8% year over year to    $190,000 for the month of May 2015.

 

There was also a significant jump in closed sales in the $400,000-$599,999 price point, with a 25% increase over May of last year.

 

In May 2015, single-family homes spent only 40 Median days on the market, a decrease of 11.1% year over year.

Maybe time to start looking at that Sanibel real estate- check out all area listings at www.chuckandrews.com, or give us a call to discuss the market anytime!

 

Sanibel Real Estate Blog: Area Golf Course Ranked #1

June 15th, 2015

One of our local golf course has ranked an area golf course, The Hideaway, as a number one choice. Golf Advisor, which bases it’s reviews on real area users, not golf writers and architects, said there were over 30,000 reviews. This course was ranked number one of 400 state courses.

Of course, we are partial to our neighborhood private course, Crown Colony. It is an Audubon rated, Tom Fazio design. Limited to 275 members, this course is private and highly rated by area golfers.

If all of this golf talk has you motivated to check out Sanibel Real estate, or Crown Colony real estate, check out our website at www.chuckandrews.com or give us a call to discuss Sanibel real estate anytime at 239-849-3396.

Sanibel real estate blog: TILA-RESPA changes

May 27th, 2015

 

You’ve heard about the TILA-RESPA changes being implemented August 1. But do you understand how the new process will work? And how it will affect your closings? 

Here are three TILA-RESPA changes you need to know now.

1) There is a new “Loan Estimate”

The Good Faith Estimate and initial Truth-In-Lending Disclosure (Initial TIL) forms have been combined into the Loan Estimate (LE).

2) There is a new “Closing Disclosure”

The final Truth-in-Lending (Final TIL) and HUD-1 Settlement Statement forms have been combined into a single Closing Disclosure (CD).

3) The required delivery time for each of these forms is three business days

The Loan Estimate:
The creditor is responsible for ensuring that it delivers or places in the mail the Loan Estimate form no later than the third business day after receiving the consumer’s application.

The Closing Disclosure:
The creditor is responsible for ensuring that the consumer receives the Closing Disclosure form no later than three business days before consummation.

How will this affect Sanibel real estate? If you are obtaining a loan and any changes need to be made prior to close- we will always need three days to get it done. This could leave moving trucks hanging and both buyers and sellers upset.

Call for info on your Sanibel real estate now or check out our website at www.chuckandrews.com

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 www.chuckandrews.com 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 www.chuckandrews.com 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)