Sanibel and Captiva Real Estate Blog

Keep An Eye Out For These Warning Signs Of Home Damage

Starting with the exterior, some red flags homeowners may not notice until they become a problem are related to the gutter system. While practicing routine upkeep, look out for pooling water, peeling paint and sagging or damaged seams. These warnings may indicate repair is needed to help properly direct rainwater runoff, or that the house might benefit from having a gutter protection system installed. If faulty gutters aren’t addressed in time, it could lead to leakage and subsequent water damage or mold growth both inside the home and out.

Another important aspect of interior inspection is electrical wiring. Homeowners should take notice if the lights are dimmer than before, or they flicker once in a while. Similarly, any strange noises, like popping or buzzing, coming from the outlets, switches or appliances should never be ignored. These could be indications of a serious problem or even a potentially life-threatening hazard. In such situations, an electrician should be...

Helpful Tips For Moving With A Pet

Moving can be a stressful time for the entire household, including furry family members. With all the noise, changes in routine, and general hustle and bustle of a move, it’s easy for a pet to become overwhelmed. To make this big adjustment less of an ordeal for your pet, there are certain steps you can take before, during and after the transfer. Below are a few tips and tricks to help pets feel less anxious during a move.

For additional tips for moving with pets in tow, please see the accompanying resource.

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Should Potential Sanibel Buyers Hold Out for a Housing Market Crash?

Should Potential Sanibel Buyers Hold Out for a Housing Market Crash?With the craziness in the real estate market in Sanibel and across the country over the last three years some potential homebuyers in Sanibel and everywhere else have decided, "I'm just gonna wait until the market crashes to buy a home." 

There have been many contradicting headlines about the actual state of the real estate market and where it is headed. Some news outlets have reported that the housing market is declining while others have added that home prices have appreciated so much the only way the market could possibly be headed is for a major crash. 


Fun Boating Destinations Around Sanibel

Fun Boating Destinations Around SanibelBeing that Sanibel Island is an island and therefore surrounded by water it is an obvious boating destination. As such there are many great Sanibel properties with boat docks right in their backyard or the ability to purchase or rent a boat slip just steps from the door. If you have just moved to Sanibel Island with your boat or are considering a purchase of a Sanibel boat property you may be wondering what the best boating spots around Sanibel are.

Sanibel Island is located in southwest Florida and is one of the hottest boating destinations in America and the entire world. There are countless amazing boating destinations to get to from Sanibel both close and...

Highest Rated Night Life Spots in and Near Sanibel Island

Highest Rated Night Life Spots in and Near Sanibel IslandLiving on Sanibel Island is one of the best places in the world. There is so much to do and enjoy for anyone searching for a peaceful South Florida beach/island lifestyle. Some of the most popular and notable activities take place in the daylight hours. But what is there to enjoy for nightlife in and around the island?

If you have just moved here or are considering a move here you are probably interested in learning all you can about the area to find how you can comfortably adjust and fit in. A big question many people have is what about nighttime activities. We have compiled a list of the highest-rated nightlife...

Sanibel Real Estate - Hyst Listed - 4340 West Gulf Drive - MLS#2230706

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4340 West Gulf Drive


Custom, Old Florida, beach home estate sits on just over an acre lot on the quiet West end of Sanibel, on a sought-after stretch of West Gulf Drive. Hear the ocean from the expansive front porch. Private, deeded beach access is just steps away and leads to a secluded stretch of beach. Open floor plan w/living/dining combination & great room with 2 story ceiling. The kitchen area has a walk-in pantry & dumbwaiter. Large laundry room w/sink & storage closet. Main living level has wall-to-wall sliders that open...

Sanibel Real Estate - New Listing - 6401 Pine Avenue - MLS#2230702

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6401 Pine Avenue


Simply The Best! Beautifully executed 2015 Old Florida style custom home perfectly sited on .50 ac. incredible view lot w/ almost 300 ft. of Dinkins Bayou frontage, just a 7 minute walk to the beach! Only the finest finishes throughout- Custom Rutt Regency face frame cabinets, custom Tiger Oak interior doors, wide plank Bella Citta European Oak floors, Wolf Range, separate Sub Zero refrigerator & freezer, full wet bar, prep. sink, Artisan made "Sanibel" shell mirrors in the baths. Elevator, 4+ car garage, abundant storage, pool, spa, dock with...

How is the Real Estate Market Doing on Sanibel Island?

How is the Real Estate Market Doing on Sanibel Island?One of the biggest questions when it comes to real estate on Sanibel Island is, "How is the real estate market doing right now?" or "How is the real estate market on Sanibel Island holding up since the damage from Hurricane Ian?" 

Hurricane Ian was one of the largest hurricanes to hit the United States in some time and the hardest-hit area was right here in Southwest Florida on Sanibel and Captiva Islands and in Fort Meyers. There was extensive damage to the islands, several older homes and buildings sustained a large amount of impact or were completely washed out altogether. This has led to the major question of...

Sanibel Real Estate - Price Improvement - 488 Lighthouse Way - MLS#2230149

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488 lighthouse way


A rare opportunity to own a Bayfront home on one of Sanibel’s most prestigious private streets. Stunning beach home with panoramic water views. Meticulously built & maintained: metal roof (2020), new Hardi board siding, new impact windows & doors. New kitchen w/quartz tops, Grohe faucet, Sub-Zero, Wolf &Cove appliances. Renovated master bath w/new cabinet, sinks, Grohe fixtures & quartz top. All new HVAC units, new central vac unit, new fans, LED light fixtures. New paint inside & out. The view is like no other as you’ll...

Meet the New Administration of Sanibel School

Meet the New Administration of Sanibel School If you live on Sanibel Island with young children attending the public school or are preparing to move to the island with your family there is a great opportunity to get to know the public school better, by meeting two new members of the public school staff. 

Sanibel Island's only public school simply named The Sanibel School is hosting a meet and greet so that families with children in the school and potential families that plan to attend the school can get to know the newly hired leadership of Sanibel's only public school. 

The Meet And Greet will be on July 10 2023 starting...