Sanibel Real Estate: October Stats

November 27th, 2018

The Lee County numbers are tallied for October and it’s mostly good news.

Single family home sales are up14.6% with 982 homes sold in October 2018 compared to 857 in October 2017. Condos didn’t fare as well with 436 closed sales compared to 445 last October. New pending sales are about the same for both, which means we should have a November on par with last year.

The median sales price for a single family home is slightly up (2.9%) at 246,995. Condo median sales price is up 6.5% at $189,500.

If the time has come for you to check out Sanibel real estate, buying or selling, have a look at our website at or give us a call to discuss the Southwest Florida real estate market anytime!

November 16th, 2018

Some good info from my buddy at Van Dyk Mortgage: Tim Hart says:

Interest rates can be volatile. That can mean either risk or, sometimes, reward.

How much?

Not ready to take action today? Think rates will come down soon?

Remember these truths:

  • Today’s prices and rates are known. Tomorrow’s are not.
  • If rates fall yet prices continue to rise, a payment tomorrow could still be higher than what it is today.
  • If both rates and prices rise, a payment tomorrow could be even higher and harder to qualify for.
  • Rising prices can also mean larger required down payments. It can be difficult to save money faster than prices rise.

Are you ready to end the wait? Please reach out. I’ll be happy to help. ( can help!)

And if it is Sanibel real estate you are looking for, check out our website at or give Chuck or Kimberley a call to discuss the  Sanibel real estate market anytime.

Sanibel Real Estate Blog: DON’T do These Things When Selling Your Home

October 30th, 2018

A list was recently put together put HouseCall and we agree with their findings so we are passing this along.

  1. Don’t over-improve. Fix stuff, yes… add that brand new state of art built-in of some sort, no. Decorating tastes differ so much, that your fancy built-in may someone else’s nightmare.
  2. Don’t over decorate. Pretty neutral decor yes, lots of stuff everywhere no. The simplier the better.
  3. Don’t stay for showings. Please leave…. take the kids, the dogs, the cats and the mother- in-law out for a walk in the park. It is really difficult for buyers to imagine themselves in a space that is so obviously occupied by others. Plus they do feel hindered in really having a good look as they feel they are intruding on your daily life.
  4. Don’t take things personally. And by that we mean not only what we as realtors tell you needs updating, decluttered, neutralized…. it is about the sell, not your personal style.

And finally: call Kimberley or Chuck Andrews at Re/MAX of the Islands for all of your Sanibel real estate needs and Fort Myers real estate needs. WE can help! Check out our website at for more info!

Sanibel Real Estate Blog: Positive Track in September

October 24th, 2018

Single family sales and condo sales were up in September 2018 compared to September 2017. Single family sales were up 31.9% at 922 closed sales compared to 699 last year. There were 445 condo sales and that is up 24% as 359 were sold last year in September. Of course, we all know last September was when Irma arrived, but we do seem to have recovered quite nicely from that.

Check out our website at for the current listings and all of the news on Sanibel real estate.


Sanibel Real Estate Blog: “DING” Darling Days Coming Soon!

October 5th, 2018

Ding” Darling Days’ Family Fun Day on Sunday, October 14, culminates a weekend of eco-activities with all-free refuge tram tours, live wildlife presentations, hot dogs, kids crafts, and other family activities. Birding, boating, tram, paddleboarding, and kayaking activities fill the weekend. The 30th annual celebration  begins on Friday, October 12, with Get Outside Day and continues on Saturday, October 20, with Conservation Art Day. Federal Duck Stamp Winners, other artists, cartooning, and a Refuge photography tram tour will highlight a day devoted to Jay Norwood Darling’s legacy as the first duck stamp artist and Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist.

So come on out to Sanibel Island and enjoy the weekend! If thoughts of Sanibel real estate come up, then give us a call for market news, new listings or whatever Sanibel real estate questions you have.

Sanibel Real Estate Blog: AUGUST STATS

September 26th, 2018

The  numbers from the MLS tell us a very good story about August sales ! Numbers are up in both condos and homes. Median price is up too. Who said August is the “off”season???

10.3% up in single family sales- 1237 sales compared to 1121 in 2017

17.9% up in condo sales 561 compared to 476 last year

Median price in single family for August was $ 251,000 in single family homes compared to $239,000 in 2017.

Median price in condos is up to $188,000 and that’s from $175,000 last year.

Maybe time to jump into the Sanibel real estate  market? Check out our listings at or give us a call at 239-849-3396, anytime to discuss area real estate.

Sanibel Real Estate Blog: “Ding” Days are Here!

September 17th, 2018

Free admission on September 22 to enjoy all that “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel has to offer. Biking, kayaking, paddleboard rentals (25% discount!), Make and Take recycled crafts, and so  much more. For more info on this event, call Monica Scroggin at 239-472-11– ext 237.

If a trip to the refuge has you dreaming of Sanibel real estate, check out our listings at or give us a call to discuss area real estate anytime!

Sanibel Real Estate Blog: Easy August

September 3rd, 2018

The storm activity in August was quite inactive! And that is good news for all. We are dealing with some blustery wind and rain as September begins, but certainly nothing of Irma stature. The meteorologists are reporting that September should remain  pretty low-key.

All good news if you are interested in checking out Sanibel real estate. Check our website at for up to date listings or give Chuck a call at 239-849-3396, for updated Sanibel real estate info anytime!

Sanibel Real Estate Blog: Sales are Hanging in There!

August 23rd, 2018

Despite the water crisis in Southwest Florida, real estate sales have hung in there!

The July area (LEE County)  results show sales of single family homes were up by 9.1%, with 1165 closed sales compared to 1069 in 2017. Nice increase in median price too with the July median price being $255,000 compared to $235,675 last year.

Sales in condos were slightly up to by 5.7%, with 500 condos sales this year compared to 473 last year. Median prices were about the same at $177,500 compared to $178,000 last year.

If you are interested in the Sanibel real estate market and how we can be of service, check out our listings at or give us a call for an update anytime!

Sanibel Real Estate Blog: Good Second Quarter for Sales

August 9th, 2018


The lastest report from the Florida Realtors Association:

Second-quarter 2018 saw increased sales, higher median prices and more new listings for Florida’s housing market, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Many local markets continued to report a lack of for-sale inventory, which impacts sales and puts pressure on rising median prices. Closed sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 80,711 in 2Q 2018, up 1 percent from the 2Q 2017 figure.

The statewide median sales price for single-family existing homes in 2Q 2018 was $256,150, up 6.7 percent from the same time a year ago, according to data from Florida Realtors Research department in partnership with local Realtor boards/associations. The statewide median price for condo-townhouse properties during the quarter was $189,900, up 8.5 percent over the year-ago figure. The median is the midpoint; half the homes sold for more, half for less.

Looking at Florida’s condo-townhouse market, statewide closed sales totaled 34,376 during 2Q 2018, up 4.7 percent compared to 2Q 2017. The closed sales data reflected fewer short sales – and rising traditional sales – over the three-month period: Short sales for condo-townhouse properties declined 41.4 percent while short sales for single-family homes dropped 45.2 percent. Meanwhile, traditional sales for condo-townhouse units rose 6.8 percent and traditional sales for single-family homes increased 4.3 percent year-over-year. Closed sales typically occur 30 to 90 days after sales contracts are written.

To see the full statewide housing activity reports, go to Florida Realtors Research & Statistics section on

If this info brings about thoughts of Sanibel Real estate, give us a call at 239-849-3396 for updates!