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Building a New Home on Sanibel Island with Hurricane Safety in Mind

Building a New Home on Sanibel Island with Hurricane Safety in MindThere are so many benefits to living in Florida and many people have moved to the state in the last couple of years. Sanibel Island is one of the most beautiful locations to live in Florida, but it is currently recovering from a hurricane. If you are looking to rebuild a home that was completely destroyed or have purchased a Sanibel Island home as is that needs to be torn down and rebuilt you may be wondering about building a home that can better withstand a storm. 

The Damage a Hurricane Can Bring


Sanibel Homeowners can Now Sign Their Kids Up for January Fun Days at the Rec Center

Sanibel Homeowners can Now Sign Their Kids Up for January Fun Days at the Rec CenterGetting back to a sense of somewhat normal everyday life on Sanibel Island after Hurricane Ian is important for all residents of the island both adults and children. One way to help your kids get back to everyday life when you live in Sanibel is to sign them up for fun programs where they can spend some time with other people their age. 

If you live on Sanibel Island a great activity to sign your kids up for is the January Fun Days hosted by the Sanibel Island Recreation Center. The rec center recently opened up in...

Sanibel Real estate - Just Reduced - 526 N. Yachtsman Drive - MLS#2220735

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526 N Yachtsman


Great East End Location in Sanibel Estates. Located on a direct canal with easy access to the Bay and Gulf of Mexico. Close to the Sanibel Marina. Large lot with 3 BR/2 BA home, dock with lift, Hurricane windows and doors and a Great Room with wood cathedral ceiling. This home has damage from Hurricane Ian. This is an "AS IS" cash only sale. Drywall has been removed and cleared of all debris. The seller does not make any warranties on this property. Great opportunity for the avid fisherman to create your island paradise. Asking $1,595,000.

To Buy or Sell....Call Karen Bell & The Bell Team!! ...

Sanibel Real Estate - Just Sold - 520 Sea Oats Drive - MLS#2220760

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520 Sea Oats


This 3 bedroom and 2 bath elevated home is near beach in a great Sanibel community. Vaulted ceiling, remodeled kitchen and lake views from the spacious screened lanai. Large windows through out allow for maximum use of natural light. Sold furnished with exceptions. Storage insde and out. Sold 12/20/2022 for $975,000


Sanibel Real Estate - Just Sold - The Dunes - MLS#2220678

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1403 Sandpiper Circle

Great Opportunity in The Dunes of Sanibel Island. This property was damaged by Hurricane Ian and is an "AS IS" cash only sale .  Great floor plan with expansive views of the lake and wildlife. Great 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath duplex with a  2-car garage and composite exterior staircase. Sold 12/14/2022 for $449,000


What to Expect Selling a Sanibel Hurricane Damaged Home As-Is

What to Expect Selling a Sanibel Hurricane Damaged Home As-IsSome Sanibel Island homeowners may not have the ability to go through the entire repair and insurance process for restoring their Sanibel Island hurricane-damaged home. And for sellers hoping to sell their property as is after it has taken on hurricane damage, there are a couple of options. The homeowner can sell their home as it is and keep the insurance proceeds or transfer insurance proceeds to the new purchaser of the home. If there is enough profit from the sale to satisfy the home mortgage this can be an option. If the homeowner owns the property outright then insurance proceed money is not an issue.

In some cases, the homeowner may sell the property for...

A Sanibel Homeowner's Guide to the FEMA Damage Assessment Process

A Sanibel Homeowner's Guide to the FEMA Damage Assesment ProcessIf you are a Sanibel Island homeowner needing assistance in restoring your home after the hurricane it is a good idea to seek assistance from FEMA. You can apply for FEMA assistance online at disaster or on the mobile FEMA app. You can also call the number 800–6 21–3362.

Once you apply for FEMA assistance and they have received your application expect to receive a phone call that will conduct an initial intake assessment. FEMA will assess the damage to the homes of applicants through on-site and remote inspections depending upon the severity of the damage you have reported in your intake assessment.

For FEMA to make an on-site...

Real Estate on Sanibel Island Projected to Increase in Value Even After Hurricane Ian

Real Estate on Sanibel Island Projected to Increase in Value Even After Hurricane IanIf you are a homeowner on Sanibel Island in southwest Florida you are well aware that the island received the hardest devastation from hurricane Ian out of all of Florida. This may have you concerned about the value of your home moving forward into the next few years. Research has shown many times that real estate in hurricane-affected areas has actually bounced back much stronger as compared to other locations.

Veros Real Estate Solutions conducted a study showing that property prices jumped an average of 7% above the national average in the five metropolitan...

The Proper Way to Muck and Gut a Sanibel Home After Hurricane Ian

The Proper Way to Muck and Gut a Sanibel Home After Hurricane IanWhat is a Muck and Gut

Muck and Gut is a commonly used term by contractors and construction workers to describe the first step in the rebuilding process for a home after a natural disaster. Mucking and Gutting consists of removing all damaged belongings from the property including damaged housing materials in order to prep for the next stage of rebuilding a home after a natural disaster. This step precedes prepping the home for any necessary mold treatment. The muck and gut process can come with health hazards when dealing with debris. It is important that if you plan to muck and gut your Sanibel Island home after Hurricane Ian that you take the proper protection measures...

The Sanibel Recreation Center is Back Up and Running!

The Sanibel Island Recreation Center is open again after hurricane Ian. Currently, the recreation center is open to all residents for free from Tuesday to Saturday 8 AM to 5 PM. If you have any questions about events or programs taking place currently at the recreation center you can call the number 239–472–0302 or 239–395–1860.

The Sanibel recreation center has been open for one week and is located at 3880 Sanibel Captiva Rd. You can check out all the latest information about the recreation center at or on the Facebook page linked above.

Current weekly activities offered at the Sanibel Recreation Center

The recreation center offers a number of great programs including many fitness classes. Here is the current activity offerings.

Playground, gymnasium, and pools

Currently, all of these features at the recreation...