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!

Sanibel Real Estate Blog: Year to Date Sanibel Sales

July 31st, 2018

We just had our broker review the stats on Sanibel until end July and we find that the median sales price was up 8% this past season. Closed sales are up 12 % over this time last year as a result of an active season. The summer season has slowed considerably, but is always expected this time of year! Also, as of 7/30, total number of listings is down 5% percent from this time last year.

So maybe it is the time to check out Sanibel real estate by checking our website at or giving us a call to find out what is up.



Sanibel Real Estate Blog: June Sales Hang in There!

July 24th, 2018

The Greater Fort Myers Real Estate Board just released the June numbers and we are rolling right along. Single family home sales were down a hair ( 2.5%) with 1244 sales compared to 1276 last year. Condo sales were up by a hair at 1.2%, 575 sales in June 2017 and 582 in June 2018.

Better news: the median price points from June of last year, also a bit up at $199,500 for condo median sale price in Lee and $250,000 for a single family home in Lee for June of 2018.

Inventory is about the same too. So if you are thinking of that Sanibel real estate move, check out our listings at or give us a call to discuss area real estate anytime!

Sanibel Real Estate Blog: Economy Hits that of a Small Country

July 17th, 2018

–The Orlando Sentinel reported last week:  Florida’s gross domestic product topped $1 trillion Friday, an economic output that would make the Sunshine State the world’s 17th largest economy if it were an independent country, the state chamber said.

Florida’s economy has grown larger than Saudi Arabia’s, Switzerland’s and Argentina’s, the chamber said.

The economist who authored the study pointed to growth in manufacturing. “Those [jobs] are growing faster here than the U.S. the last few years, ” said Jerry Parrish, Florida Chamber Foundation chief economist.

And of course: sunshine, beaches, golf courses, fishing……. If you find yourself thinking of Sanibel real estate,check out our website at or give us a call at 239-849-3396 to discuss Sanibel real estate anytime.


Sanibel Real Estate Blog: Quieter Hurricane Season

July 6th, 2018

Some good news from top hurricane forecasters: The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season should be quieter than normal, according to a new prediction this week.

Meteorologist Phil Klotzbach and other experts from Colorado State University – regarded as the nation’s top seasonal hurricane forecasters – predict 10 named tropical storms will form, of which four will become hurricanes.

That is a sharp decrease from their forecast in April, when they said seven hurricanes would form. One system, Subtropical Storm Alberto, already formed in May.

Sounds like good news to us! So come on down and check out the Sanibel real estate— hopefully no hurricanes this year! You can check all of the Sanibel real estate listing at,or give us a call to discuss area real estate anytime.

Sanibel Real Estate Blog: 101 Things to Do in Southwest Florida

June 29th, 2018

Great article in the Florida Weekly this week: 101 things to do in Southwest Florida before you die. Well we have been here 44 years and missed a few of these! After 43 years, I finally saw the green flash at sunset last year. ( Number 10). It is pretty cool and I see why those who have experienced it talk about it with glee. Think we might try an airboat tour next….

Check out the list and if it finds you on Sanibel and you have questions about Sanibel real estate, give us a call or check out our listings at

Sanibel Real Estate Blog: Some MAY Lee County Stats

June 22nd, 2018

The May report by the Greater Fort Myers Realtor Association is out and both the single family home sales and median price point are up from May 2017. 1400 single family homes were sold in LEE in May, compared to 1293 last May. The median price is currently $260,700  and last year it was $237,500.

Good action on condos too with 738 sold  compared to 673 last year. The median price point is down slightly to $ 191,000 from $198,000 last year.

Time to get in on this action! Check out our Sanibel real estate listings at or give Chuck a call for Sanibel real estate (239-849-3396) or Kimberley a call for Fort Myers real estate (239-935-9235).

Sanibel Real Estate Blog: World Oceans Day at “Ding”

June 7th, 2018

Lots of un nature activities at Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge in Sanibel on Friday to celebrate World Oceans Day. A free beach walk and clean up at nine am, 11- 3:30 Free Make and Take Crafts, 11 am, showing of the film STRAWS, followed by a discussion. Other movies and discussions all day. Call 239-472-1100 for more info about this special event.

If a trip to Sanibel gets you thinking about owning some Sanibel real estate, check out our website at or give us a call to discuss Sanibel real estate anytime!

Sanibel Real Estate Blog: Big Jump in Closed Sales in April in Lee County

May 30th, 2018

April was great month for closed sales as well as new pending sales in Lee County. Closed sales were up 23% for single family homes compared to April 2017 and condos and townhomes were up 22%. Active listings were also up in both categories.

Median sale price for a single family home is $ 262,500- that’s up 5.4% from last April’s $249,000. Down 1.5% in condos to $198,000.

Get in on the action for some Sanibel real estate. Check out our website at for Sanibel real estate listings or give us a call to discuss the market anytime!

Sanibel Real Estate Blog: LEE County among “Best Places People Are Moving”

May 22nd, 2018

According to the Ft. Myers News-Press on May 22: a new report from U.S. News and World Report ranks Lee County  second nationwide on its list of “The Best 25 Places Are Moving to in 2018”. Florida locations dominated the list with Sarasota at  , Port St. Lucie at 6 and Melbourne at 10.

Time to get your piece of Sanibel Real estate: check out our website at or give us a call to discuss the area real estate market anytime. Call Chuck Andrew for Sanibel real estate and Kimberley Andrews for Fort Myers real estate.