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Friday, January 31 2014

There are lots of reasons to build on Sanibel!

I think it’s time to consider buying a homesite and building your dream house on Sanibel Island. Lot prices are still low, interest rates are attractive, and building a home is easier than you think! Once you have your perfect place in paradise, all you have to do is move in.

Building and moving to Sanibel could be your dream come true! Miles and miles of beach, over 20 miles of biking/walking trails, and over 60% of our island is preserve property, including the world famous J. N. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge. If you are a boater we have five marinas on Sanibel and Captiva islands.

One of the builders I work with told me you can build a three bedroom, two bath piling home with a pool and granite counters for about $250 to $280/sq. ft. The costs of building on a barrier island are slightly higher than on the mainland as we have to build to codes that include special impact resistant windows, structure tie-downs, and basically much stronger construction than needed elsewhere. The size of your home, your choice in finishing touches, and home details, will determine your exact cost per square foot. I can help you with a choice of local builders who can explain to you exactly what your final cost will be.

Living on Sanibel Island is worth it, and the stronger construction will leave you feeling safe and secure.

Sanibel Island is divided into nine development "EcoZones" ranging from land that can never be developed, to land that allow a maximum of 35% to be developed. These values preserve Sanibel's unique environment by managing sustainable growth and redevelopment. All that said, once you make the decision to build, you will be glad you did! 

I have three homesites listed (and MLS access to every listing) that I would like you to consider. Each has its own benefits and appeal. 


The first is located at 2403 Blue Crab Court, and is offered at $499,000. This property has boat access to Pine Island Sound and the Gulf of Mexico from your dock! This 30,000+ sq. ft. lot offers ample space to build your Sanibel home by the water. Your can enjoy stunning views of Dinkins Bayou from your elevated home. A dock is in place and there is 7,600 sq. ft. of impervious coverage and 9,100 sq. ft. of area to develop. Perfect for boaters to build a dream home in a quiet island setting. House plans for a four bedroom home with pool are available.

The second Sanibel homesite is located at 4636 Rue Royale and is listed for $495,000. This homesite is just a minute’s walk to the beach access in the Chateaux sur Mer subdivision. You can listen to the sounds of the Gulf of Mexico from this private Sanibel Island retreat. Just steps from the beach access, this lot will allow 30% - 35% coverage to build your beach get-away. Possible gulf views from the top floor of your newly constructed home.

My third homesite is at 667 Birdie View Point, listed at $395,000. Expansive fairway views located on the Sanibel Golf Course in Beachview Estates. This lot has 4,250 sq. ft. of impermeable coverage allowing lots of space for your home. The fairway will be just out your back door!
 

So there we have it, one lot with a dock and access to Pine Island Sound and the Gulf. The second is just steps to one of Sanibel’s best beaches, and the third is on an incredible golf course! I’m sure one of these properties is just what you’re looking for!

This should be your year to buy island property! Contact me and we can see if building is a good option for you. Prices are reasonable and have just started to climb. Sanibel's beautiful beaches are here and waiting for you. Give me a call today so I can start your search for the perfect island property and we can explore the possibilities of building your dream home. I look forward to hearing from you! Call me Today!

Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
239-691-4915
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Sunday, January 19 2014

When you are buying a home, there are things you need to know

Buying a vacation property or second home can be stressful, but if you know the steps involved and take the time to plan out a strategy, your search, offer, and closing can be an enjoyable  and exciting time!
The first thing you need to do is to make a list of criteria you want in your purchase; house, condo, your budget, preferred location, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, pool, proximity to things you like to do – the beach, tennis, bike paths, etc. Your list can rank the importance you give to each item. If you want granite counter tops in the kitchen, but could live without it, give it a low ranking in your list of criteria. 

I am happy to help you sort through these elements and give you perspective on what you can expect buying Island Real Estate. I have been a realtor on Sanibel for over ten years. I have built a home, owned vacant property, bought a finished home, and I have helped many, many people through the buying and selling process (check out my page of recommendations). My advanced MLS search program with help me find you EVERY property that fits your list of criteria. I can even program it to send you new listings that fit your needs as soon as it becomes listed. Another very important part of the process is to get pre-approved for your mortgage. This gives you a definite advantage if you find a property that has multiple offers being submitted. As our real estate market gets stronger we are seeing more and more multiple offers on a newly listed property. I can put you in touch with local bankers who can help you get pre-qualified.

When we start looking for your home we can do it at your convenience. I will schedule my time to fit your needs, as well as gather all the keys and information about the properties we will look at. I can identify the features you want as well as point out the negatives. I’ll screen out the homes that don’t fit your criteria so we don’t waste your time.
I understand our Sanibel and Captiva Island markets and I have already previewed many of our listed properties.  This is my job and I take it seriously. I am not a part time realtor, this is what I love to do. I know the neighborhoods, the business community, our history, and all the idiosyncrasies of buying on our barrier islands. I’m sure we can find your dream home on Sanibel or Captiva. I can walk you through the entire process, whether you are building, buying a home or a condo. 
Captiva Island currently has 37 homes for sale and 36 condos. I'm sure one of those listings is perfect for you and your family. Come and enjoy all we have to offer! Over 20 miles of bike/walking trails, miles and miles of beach, historical sites, and over 60% of Sanibel being preserve property, including the world famous J.N. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge. This is the place for you!
In my next blog we’ll talk about the steps to making an offer. There is much to know and I can guide you through it and give you a full understanding of everything from taxes, to insurance, to which beach easement goes with which subdivision. Let’s make this your year for the islands! You know you’ve been thinking about it – let’s do it TODAY! 

Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
239-691-4915
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Monday, January 06 2014

Our Markets are looking good!

Year-end statistics are always fun to look at, but sometimes difficult to analyze. Sanibel home sales are up. Average home selling prices are up. Sanibel land sales are slightly down, but compared to five years ago they are great.

Let's take a look at the market comparing 2012 to 2013.

2013 Area Average sales price Average days on market List to Sell Percentage Total Sales
Sanibel Homes $910,321 267 91% 197
Sanibel Condos $570,696 313 93% 162
Sanibel lots $482,833 463 86% 26
2012 Area Average sales price Average days on market List to Sell Percentage Total Sales
Sanibel Homes $823,598 273 91% 183
Sanibel Condos $551,244 390 91% 151
Sanibel lots $487,687 505 87% 33
Captiva Island is a much small area with a higher starting price point, but still it's interesting to see how the real estate market is doing. Captiva Island is almost at full build-out and the few vacant land sales bear that out.
2013 Area Average sales price Average days on market List to Sell Percentage Total Sales
Captiva Homes $2,522,056 337 94% 18
Captiva Condos $659,185 407 90% 36
Captiva lots $675,000 1058 97% 2
2012 Area Average sales price Average days on market List to Sell Percentage Total Sales
Captiva Homes $1,536,019 593 89% 26
Captiva Condos $836,129 368 92% 35
Captiva lots $1,221,667 203 87% 3

Sanibel currently has 179 homes listed, from $289,000 to $23,000,000. 160 Sanibel condos are listed from $264,900 to $2,999,900, and there are 88 lots listed from $169,900 to $7,998,000.

Captiva Island currently has 37 homes listed from $795,000 to $11,900,000. 36 Captiva condos are listed from $225,000 to $2,150,000, and there are only 4 Captiva lots listed from $1,590,000 to $2,995,000.

What does all this mean (besides our real estate market is very healthy)? It means we have a total of 504 properties available! I can definitely find you the perfect property to fit your needs. Homes, condos or homesites... make this your year for the islands! Call me today at 239-691-4915! Or use my Contact Form and I'll get back to you right away. 

If you want to start the search yourself, I have a great tool on my website where you can search by specific criteria, or by a map of the islands. Make this your year and contact me today!

Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
239-691-4915 or my Contact Form

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