Buyers

What’s Up with Condo Fees?

This is a common question our buyers ask when evaluating condo complexes on Sanibel and Captiva Islands. Let us explain…

Extra Costs of Buying

To help you prepare for your big move, we’ve prepared a list of common extra costs that come with buying a home in Southwest Florida.

Choosing A Real Estate Agent

Selecting a real estate agent is not a “one size fits all” business. It’s important to ask detailed questions and do the appropriate research before making your decision.

Sanibel Market Stats: March 2012 YTD

The Sanibel real estate market showed continued improvement in March. Buyers are active and we are seeing many more transactions than the previous few years. Significantly, when comparing the year-to-date period ending in March to 2011, the average sales price is up 17%, from $681k to $800k. The total number of transactions is up 20%, […]

Avoid Condo Catastrophe

Sanibel will never have highrise condos. Why does this matter? Consider the story of my buddy Rob. He grabbed a great deal on an older condo on Miami Beach early in the boom. Luxury condos were built on either side and were selling for big bucks. Rob was happy that he got in first. Surely, […]

Buyers Swarm Sanibel as Bargains Abound

Despite the rush of transactions this year, buyers are still finding bargains as motivated sellers seem more willing to deal. February continues the recent trend of dramatically increased transaction volume on our islands as prices and interest rates remain low. The single family home market continues to show more improvement than condominiums; however, both are […]

Huge Activity in Sanibel Market

Sanibel real estate sales in January beat the last 7 years. I believe this is because buyers are responding to the recently reduced prices on the island. If you have been considering a purchase on Sanibel, now may be the right time to act. I’ve noticed that the under $600k market seems particularly in demand. […]

Does Biggest Discount = Best Value?

At some time, we have all picked through the clearance rack and found nothing worth buying. Items with big discounts are often overpriced to begin with. This holds true for real estate as well. But some buyers continue to focus on the mark-down, not the intrinsic value of the property. I believe this is a […]