A Great Place to Live!

June 4th, 2019

Four Florida cities made the US News & World Report’s annual list of the best places to live. Fort Myers was number 12! It earned points for year-round warm weather, access to beaches and relaxed atmosphere. The median price of $219,200 for a single family home helped too!

IF you are thinking of a move to the Southwest Florida area or considering Sanibel real estate, give us a call for more info or check out  our website at www.chuckandrews.com

Sanibel Real Estate Blog: April Stats

May 28th, 2019

The overall housing market reported more sales  and higher median prices in Florida. The statewide median price for a single family home in April was $259,470- up 2.7% from the previous year. The single family home sales reached 26,992 in April- that’s up 6.2% over April 2018.

How did we make out locally? Lee County Realtor Association reported a median price point for single family homes at $ 266,500- that’s up from the statewide number and also up from last year’s reported median price being $ 263,000 by 1.3%. WE were slightly down in closed home sales, selling 1362 single family homes in Lee County- that’s down 6.8% from April of 2018 when 1461 homes were sold.

Both number of condos sold and median price point were up in Lee County (823 in April 2019- 770 April 2018). The median price for condos statewide is now $ 194,500 and locally we are at $ 205,000.

If the time has come to look for your Sanibel real estate, check out our listings at www.chuckandrews.com or give us a call at 239-849-3396, anytime to discuss the market in your neighborhood.



March 25th, 2019

Fort Myers has landed on a list of the best places to live near the beach in the country, according to a report by U.S. News & World Report, eclipsed by only two other Florida locations and spots in Hawaii, California and South Carolina. We knew that!

FT. Myers was number 6 on the list  but number one in our hearts!  Time to check out living in our lovely coastal area- call us for info on Sanibel real estate or Ft. Myers area real estate anytime. Or check out some of the area listings on our website at www.chuckandrews.com.

December Stats: Shopping for Homes Down

January 24th, 2019

Looking at the December real estate stats for Lee County and shopping for homes was a down a bit.

There were 900 single family closed sales and that’s down from 1059 last December. BUT the median sales price is up to $246,803 and it was $238,350 last December. Condo sales were down too: 407 this December compared to 533 last December. Again, a rise in median sales price to $205,000 and that’s up from $190,000 last year.

Give us a call to check out Sanibel real estate or check our listings at www.chuckandrews.com.

Sanibel Real Estate Blog: November Rocked!

December 26th, 2018

They are saying there is a slowdown in real estate but the November stats in Southwest Florida prove otherwise. Sales year over year in Lee County were up in both condo and home sales.

Single family home sales were up 12.2% percent from last year and condo sales were up by 7.6%. The median sales price is now up to $250,000. And that’s up from $245,000 in November 2017.

If you need help navigating the Sanibel real estate market give us a call at 239-849-3396 or check out our website at www.chuckandrews.com.

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 www.chuckandrews.com 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. ( thart@vandykmortgage.com can help!)

And if it is Sanibel real estate you are looking for, check out our website at www.chuckandrews.com 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 www.chuckandrews.com 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 www.chuckandrews.com 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.