October Newsleter for Captiva and Sanibel

October2015

Captiva and Sanibel inventory of homes for sale is low.  If you are thinking of selling your home, please contact me for a market analysis of your property.

This is not intended to solicit property already listed. 

THIRD QUARTER CAPTIVA MARKET OVERVIEW 2015
Captiva Home sales ending September 30, 2015 are lagging behind the 2014 third quarter sales. Selling prices remain steady. Twenty-three homes sold in the first three quarters of 2014 versus nineteen homes in the first three quarters of 2015. There is one home under contract but not closed yet. There are currently thirty-nine homes for sale.
Captiva Condo sales ending September 30, 2015 continue well ahead of 2014 sales. Selling prices of condos have edged up slightly. Eighteen condos sold in the first three quarters of 2014 versus twenty-nine condos in the first three quarters of 2015. There are two condos under contract but have not closed yet. There are currently thirty-six condos for sale.
Captiva vacant lot sales ending September 30, 2015 are ahead of 2014 sales. Vacant lot selling price trends are difficult to measure due to so few sales over the past couple of years. No vacant lots sold in 2014 versus two vacant lots sold in the first quarter of 2015. No vacant lots have sold since the first quarter of 2015. One lot sold in South Seas and one lot sold on Captiva Dr (bayside) near Blind Pass. There are two lots under contract but have not closed yet. There are currently four vacant lots for sale.
THIRD QUARTER SANIBEL MARKET OVERVIEW 2015
Sanibel home sales ending September 30, 2015 are well ahead of 2014 sales. Selling prices are trending up. One hundred and sixty-nine homes sold in the first three quarters of 2014 versus two hundred homes sold in the first three quarters of 2015. Sixteen homes are under contract but have not closed yet. There are ninety-six homes currently for sale.
Sanibel condo sales ending September 30, 2015 are slightly ahead of 2014 sales. Selling prices are trending up. One hundred and twenty-nine condos sold in the first three quarters of 2014 versus one hundred and thirty condos sold in the first three quarters of 2015. Eleven condos are under contract but have not closed yet. Seventy-four condos are currently for sale.
Sanibel vacant lot sales ending September 30, 2015 are well ahead of 2014 sales. Selling prices are trending up. Twenty lots sold in the first three quarters of 2014 versus thirty-five lots sold in the first three quarters of 2015. Six lots are under contract but not closed yet. There are currently sixty-five vacant lots for sale. 

CAPTIVA VILLAGE HOME FOR SALE

Great 3BR 3BA 1848 sq. ft. home on Captiva’s desirable Laika Ln. Enjoy relaxing by the screened-in pool or walk to the end of the road and enjoy one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. This home has hardwood floors and was renovated in the spring of 2015. 

Renovations included new carpeting in all bedrooms, freshly painted interior, and three new garage doors. Also renovated the lower level game/pool room. 

1,445,000 million

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What’s Happening. 
FISH 10K Race
October 17th
7:30 to 11:30
The race will begin at 7:30am at the Sanibel Community House, and will follow a marked 10K circuit around the island, returning to the Sanibel Community House for the finish line. There will be an expo fair  for runners and their families and friends, as well as refreshment tables and water stations around the island for runners.  

26th Annual “Ding” Darling Days
October 18, 2015 – October 24, 2015

“Ding” Darling Days’ Family Fun Day on Sunday, Oct. 18, kicks off a week of eco-activities with all-free refuge tram tours, live wildlife presentations, hot dogs, kids crafts, and more. The Endangered Species & Wildlife life-size puppets presentation will highlight the day, featuring Heather Henson, daughter of the late Muppets creator Jim Henson. Birding, boating, tram, and kayaking tours fill the week with environmental activities for all ages. The 25th annual celebration ends on Saturday, Oct. 24, with Conservation Art Day, where 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

Pigs in Paradise

October 18th

4pm – 8pm
Community House

The Children’s Education Center of the Island is holding its inaugural Pigs in Paradise pig roast.

This family-friendly event will feature pigs roasted in two different styles by Children’s Center parents and staff. Admission will include roasted pork, sides, and nonalcoholic beverages. Beer and wine will be available for a suggested donation. Kids’ activities will also be provided.

Proceeds from the event will help fund student scholarships as well as capital improvements to the preschool.

Tween Waters Famous Halloween Party!

October 31
8pm – 2pm
Boo! SAVE THE DATE for HALLO’TWEEN Saturday, October 31 from 8PM to 2AM! Get those zany, crazy costumes ready


This is not intended to solicit property already listed. 

Sanibel Island Farmers Market
The Sanibel Island Farmers Market was established in 2008.  It is a favorite outdoor activity to islanders and visitors from October – April.  Along with local produce, vendors sell breads, honey, seafood, meats, flowers, cheeses and many other products that create a well-rounded enjoyable Sunday outing for everyone, including well behaved dogs.

Dates:

October 4, 2015 – April 24, 2016

Hours:

Sundays, 8am – 1pm

Parking:

Parking is located in the lots at Sanibel City Hall, Sanibel Library, BIG Arts, Schoolhouse Theater. Bicycles can be parked at the designated area at City Hall. Handicap parking is located at City Hall.

We’re Pet Friendly!


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5 Great Thanksgiving Getaways for Families
U.S. News & World Report Travel


Thanksgiving has evolved from merely counting one’s blessings over a simple meal to a stressful all-day affair of cooking, feasting, binge football watching and holiday shopping. Still, for many families seeking some sanity away from in-laws and deal-seeking shoppers this November, Thanksgiving is an ideal time to plan a quick getaway thanks to fewer crowds and reasonable rates. Whether you want to squeeze in a relaxing beach escape or you’re yearning for an affordable adventure abroad before the peak holiday travel season hits full swing, here are five fun kid-friendly places to visit this Turkey Day.

Sanibel Island
While the rest of the country endures cold weather, southwest Florida’s Sanibel Island attracts beachcombers to its pristine sands, strewn with colorful seashells and sand dollars. Kids will love searching Bowman’s Beach for unique shells, and parents will love the affordable hotel prices at this time of year. Among other water activities, you and the gang can try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking and sailing. Another reason Sanibel stands out as a perennial favorite among families? The calm waves and secluded sands at neighboring Captiva Island, along with its ample opportunities for fishing and wildlife-spotting.

Also mentioned were London, Switzerland, Toronto, and New York City

Florida’s Housing Market Shows Strong Momentum in August 2015
ORLANDO, Fla. – Sept. 21, 2015 – Florida’s housing market continued its positive track in August with more closed sales, higher median prices and a tightening inventory, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors┬«. Closed sales of existing single-family homes statewide totaled 23,605 last month, up 8.6 percent over August 2014.
“It’s been a summer of positive growth, showing strong gains in closed sales and median prices,” said 2015 Florida Realtors President Andrew Barbar, a broker with Keller Williams Realty Services in Boca Raton. “Statewide, median sales prices increased year-over-year for both single-family homes and townhouse-condo properties for the 45thmonth in a row in August. Closed sales rose for single-family homes and for townhouse-condo units, and it’s taking less time to complete or close those transactions: a median of 45 days for single-family homes and 54 days for townhouse-condos.

“We will continue to monitor what appears to be a tight supply of homes available for sale in many markets, and any rise in interest rates that could possibly slow buyer activity.”
“Home sales in Florida are beginning to moderate, even as inventory gets tighter,” said Florida Realtors Chief Economist Dr. John Tuccillo. “The August gains in sales for both single-family homes as well as condos and townhouses are lower than they were in the late spring and early summer. We expect the current pace of growth to be typical for the rest of the year.

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