Sanibel and Captiva Real Estate Blog

Lee County Has New Property Deed Recording Requirements

Lee County Has New Property Deed Recording RequirementsStarting the first day of next year, Lee County will have new requirements for recording property deeds. 

This change stretches beyond Lee County across the entire state of Florida. Requests and a push for the changes originated in Lee County with the Lee County Clerk Kevin Karnes in partnership with state lawmakers. They initiated the process with the introduction of HB 1419 to make it much more difficult to file a fraudulent property deed. 

Exactly What Will Change in the Deed Recording Process...

Sanibel Really is Like a Scene from a Story- A Movie Just Wrapped Filming on the Island

Sanibel Really is Like a Scene from a Story- A Movie Just Wrapped Filming on the IslandSanibel has been a buzz with murmurs of a film being shot on portions of both Sanibel and Captiva islands. The talk is true a movie just finished filming on Sanibel. The movie is titled "Written in the Sand." The movie was filmed at several popular locations across the islands and has an endearing mission beyond just making a feel-good story in one of the most beautiful places on the planet. 

Who is Making the Film and Who Is In It?

The supervising producer for the film is Brynne Chappell with Pureplay Entertainment...

Tips for Buying a Sanibel Island Vacation Home

Tips for Buying a Sanibel Island Vacation HomeWho doesn't sit in a cold climate during the winter dreaming about a warm sunny destination? About the ability to just take off in a matter of minutes and be at a home away from home on an island oasis. Who wouldn't love the ability to just hop in the car or book a plane ticket and have a second home waiting for them in a tropical destination?

Buying a vacation home on an island like Sanibel is many people's ultimate dream. But before purchasing a second home on an island there are some things to consider. Living on an island is quite different from traditional landlocked locations. A tropical island such as Sanibel offers some of the most amazing scenery and the ability to relax and enjoy it, but not everything about...

Germ Zapping Devices That Could Be Handy in Your Sanibel Home

Germ Zapping Devices That Could Be Handy in Your Sanibel HomeThough Sanibel Island is not a cold climate during the winter it is cooler and there is an increase in cases of illness in Florida, as with many parts of the world during the winter. That being said, Sanibel homeowners are probably interested in ways to keep their homes as germ-free as possible to help combat potential illness. Several great and handy items for your home can help keep germs at bay especially when illness is more likely spreading.

Light fixtures

There are specially designed lightbulbs that can help to destroy germs in your home. One of them the LIFX color 26 claims to wipe out E. coli and S aureus on kitchen counters, bathroom sinks, phones, and any other...

The Captiva Island Farmers Market is Opening Soon

The Captiva Island Farmers Market is Opening SoonIf you are hoping to move to Captiva Island or are considering the purchase of a vacation property there you might be interested in finding out more about the island and what it has to offer as far as community and things to do. You might wonder what type of services the island has for everyday living, and the best spots to enjoy activities you are interested in. 

Captiva Island has a great farmers market that opens seasonally and it is getting ready to open for another season in a few days.

The Captiva Island Farmers Market

This will be the sixth year ...

What is Just Right Sizing? Is It a Good Strategy for Purchasing a Sanibel Home?

What is Just Right Sizing? Is It a Good Strategy for Purchasing a Sanibel Home?Buying a home over the last few years on Sanibel has presented quite the challenge. To some buyers, it has felt almost impossible. And some have given up on their homebuying plans altogether. A perfect storm of rising interest rates, very low inventory for sale, and increasing home prices have resulted in Sanibel buyers needing to find a new strategy for home buying.

One of those newer strategies is just right sizing. It's a strategy of looking at what you truly need in your next home and applying those ultimate must-have deal breakers to purchasing your next home.

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Sanibel Real Estate - Just Sold - 771 Rabbit Road - MLS#2230917

SANIBEL REAL ESTATE - JUST SOLD

771 Rabbot Road

NEAR BEACH DUPLEX

Beautiful Sanibel River views from this near beach, 2 bedroom and 2 bath, partially furnished ½ duplex. New roof in March 2023, 2-car garage, interior & exterior storage, wood, and tile floors throughout. Granite counters and backsplash in kitchen. Laundry on main living level. Sliders across the back of the home that open to an expansive back deck overlooking the Sanibel River. Enjoy wide open water views and plenty of wildlife. Large, fenced backyard with a custom pool, two orchid houses, decorative statues, ceramic pots, outside shower, and a covered...

Sanibel Real Estate - Just Listed - 717 Birdie View Point - MLS#2231095

sanibel real estate - Just Listed

717 Birdie View Point

BEACHVIEW BUILDING SITE

Beautiful cleared building site located in Beachview Estates with Deeded Beach Access. Great views overlooking the Golf Course. A topographic study completed, and native plants had been relocated to allow full space for construction ($45K value). The soil study has been completed and will be available to the buyer ($8K value). Water connection paid and installed ($10K value). Full engineering (MEP) and Architectural drawings: project ready and fully approved by the City of Sanibel. Community offers, golf, tennis, pro shop and restaurant.  Wonderful...

Shocking Things That Can Bring Down Your Credit Score and Impact a Sanibel Home Purchase

Shocking Things That Can Bring Down Your Credit Score and Impact a Sanibel Home PurchaseWhen it comes to purchasing a Sanibel Island home with a mortgage, your credit score will play a large role in the success of your application and the overall interest rate that you will be offered. The interest rate of a mortgage can impact the affordability of purchasing a home, even if your interest rate is adjusted just a few points or a fraction of a percent.

Making sure you know what impacts your credit score and what your credit score number currently is will help you to achieve your goals in finding and getting approved for an affordable mortgage so that you can purchase a Sanibel Island home that you...

Sanibel's Shell Museum to Re-open with New Name

One of the best ways to decide if you want to relocate to a new place is to learn as much about it as you can. I like to include blog posts on local information to help potential Sanibel homebuyers get to know the culture and atmosphere of the island. If you are making a move to Sanibel I am happy to help you learn more about settling in on the island.

Sanibel's Shell Museum to Re-open with New nameOne of the biggest things Sanibel Island is known for is its amazing beaches and those beaches are famous partly for their sandy seashell-filled shores. Some refer to Sanibel Island as the shelling capital of the world. Finding seashells on Sanibel is so popular that there are several clubs and festivals centered on it....