Sanibel and Captiva Real Estate Blog

Who Should Attend a Home or Condo Inspection?

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Buyers have the ultimate say as to who attends their home inspection. Buyers also have the authority to determine who they will use for the inspection. Real estate agents can suggest or recommend but it’s ultimately up to the buyer to choose the inspector. Because of this, buyers also have a say in who attends the inspection. In general, most real estate buyer’s agents will attend the inspection with their buyer but at the very least, buyers should attend as well.

In some cases, buyers may be unable to attend the inspection due to unrelated circumstances such as an out-of-town buyer or they are not able to leave work in time, etc. In these cases, the buyer’s agent should be on site to accompany...

Sanibel Real Estate - Just Reduced - Pointe Santo C-26 - MLS#2220015

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Pointe Santo C-26


Beautiful 2nd floor condo located in the wonderful Pointe Santo De Sanibel community. Great West end location. This condo has gorgeous Gulf views and offers a spacious floor plan with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths. Updated kitchen with granite counters. Large primary suite with Gulf views and sliders that open to the screen enclosed lanai. Sold furnished. Amenities: Community pool, spa, clubhouse, tennis/pickleball, BBQ grills, picnic area and more. Enjoy incredible Sanibel sunsets and some of the world's best shelling. Close to shopping, grocery store and...

Young People are the Biggest Buyers in High-End Homes

Young People are the Biggest Buyers in High-End Homes

Prior to the pandemic homeownership was not a high item on a goal list for many millennials. But this changed as the pandemic dragged on from weeks to months and into years. With this being the largest age group of potential homebuyers looking at the home as a place to crash between traveling and work and making a switch to working remotely from home full-time, the importance of owning a home became a higher priority.

The actual parameters that define a millennial are someone born between the years of 1981 to 1996. Research has shown and confirmed this age group has been slow to embrace homeownership. People in their mid-20s to being newly 40 were more reluctant or unable to purchase a home....

Plants that are Great for Salty Beach Areas

Living along some of the most amazing white sand beaches in Florida on Sanibel Island gives you the most amazing scenery that many people envy. But landscaping and gardening with large quantities of salt in the soil from the “sea air” can bring quite the challenge to your yard.

Here are some great plants that can stand up to salt damage and are great for planting in beach environments.



This is a shorter bedding plant with yellow and red leaves that are visually impressive. It also gives off tiny flowers. Each leaf is almost a tie-dye combination of red and pale yellow. This plant is very versatile to environmental conditions making it hearty and very capable to stand up in salty conditions. This is a tropical plant that does not like frost so it is perfect for southern Florida. Be aware...

Things to Know When Buying Florida Waterfront Property

Buying waterfront home in Sanibel and Captiva

There are numerous waterfront homes throughout Sanibel and Captiva Island. If you're planning on buying one of these homes is important to be aware that the home inspection is slightly different than a non-waterfront home. Here are some things to look for and surprises you might find in a waterfront home inspection.


You'll want to make sure that there are no termites or other pests including ones that could be common to water-front homes that have destroyed any part of the foundation or the woodwork of the property. A home inspector will be able to verify this but may recommend an additional pest inspection. Carpenter bees can also be an issue on any holes in the siding or in the foundation....

The Unique Aspects of Island Living

The Unique Aspects of Island Living

When most people think of living in a dream destination, it is not uncommon for a sunny island oasis to come to mind. So many people dream of living a warm island lifestyle. There are so many dream-come-true aspects of the island lifestyle and a few unique quirks as well.

It is always good to get a full picture of what true island living looks like before making the decision to move in year-round.

Living in a Tourist Hotspot

Visiting a dream sunny island and considering making the switch to permanently living there because you have fallen in love will open your eyes to how having a population surge can quickly change the atmosphere of everyday living.

Tourism can be a great boost to the economy and breathe new energy into the atmosphere....

Captiva Real Estate - Just Sold - 5210 Bayside Villa - MLS#2220080

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5210 Bayside Villa


Sought-after Bayside Villa located in the private and gated South Seas Resort. Wonderful 2nd floor condo with views of the docks that open to Pine Island Sound. Open floor plan with tile floors, granite counters in the kitchen, living/dining combination with sliders that open to the screen enclosed lanai. Spacious bedroom with carpet and private bathroom. Both bathrooms feature granite vanities. Amenities include a sparkling community pool and spa, picnic area and BBQ grills, community laundry and elevators. Enjoy the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico,...

Sanibel Real Estate - Just Sold - 2620 W. Gulf Drive - MLS#2220091

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2620 W Gulf Drive


Beautifully remodeled 3 BR/2 BA/2-car garage home w/den, just steps from the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico & sugar sand, shell strewn beaches on Sanibel Island. New roof, impact windows and doors, decorative shutters, electrical service from street, landscaping, irrigation system, gutters & freshly painted exterior. New water heater, replumbed, electrical service panel & breakers, paddle switches & outlets, light fixtures & recess/can lighting throughout, Coretec luxury vinyl flooring throughout, freshly painted interior, crown molding &...

2022 Luxury Real Estate Trends

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Luxury homes continue to sell at a rapid pace and be in high demand. Reports have shown that homes priced from $1 million-$5 million had the highest sales growth of 69.2%  in single-family properties, and 65.3% for attached or multiunit properties within the first 10 months of last year. This is much higher than pre-pandemic numbers.

Exactly what luxury features a home buyer expects to see all depends on the personal interests of the individual buyer, but there are some features that a large number of buyers have come to expect in luxury properties. Luxury home buyers are willing to wait until they find just the right luxury property that has all of the attributes they are looking for.

Here are some luxury home trends that are expected to appeal to most luxury buyers in 2022


Those who are...

Captiva Real Estate - Just Sold - 16813 Captiva Drive - MLS#2220124

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16813 Captiva Drive


This beautiful, Roosevelt Channel, Olde Florida home is the perfect island get-a-way! Close to Captiva's sugar sand, shell strewn beaches & offering direct water access w/a rare boathouse, 20,000lb. boat lift & jet ski lift on a natural shoreline including a great kayak/SUP launch area. This 3 bedroom, 3 bath, pool home has Travertine floors throughout main living level and hardwood floors in the private, 2nd floor primary suite. The primary suite has vaulted/beamed ceiling & a private sunning deck w/water views. Primary bathroom has double sinks and...