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The Bell Team is Safe! Update on Hurricane Ian

UPDATE - Friday September 30 - 2022

The Bell Team is safe and off island. We have been keeping in touch with each other and taking everything one hour at a time. We hope all of you are safe as well! 


6:30 p.m., Thursday, September 29, 2022

Sanibel Mayor Holly D. Smith will be giving a Facebook live update at 6:30 p.m. on the City’s response to Hurricane Ian. Click here to watch the live feed.

Ways To Declutter Before Moving House

Packing up an entire house full of belongings is no easy task. Fortunately, there are ways to help make the process more efficient and easier on everyone. Below are some strategies for decluttering ahead of your upcoming move! Starting fresh in a new home is an exciting time full of opportunities. One such opportunity is to sort through the old, unwanted items in your home and declutter.

Clutter happens naturally over time, but, if left unaddressed for too long, it can accumulate beyond expectation. In fact, 54% of Americans said they felt overwhelmed by the clutter filling up their homes. For more tips on donating and decluttering during a move, please see the accompanying resource. Infographic created by Big League Movers. For more information on Sanibel Island...

Get to Know Your Neighbors on Sanibel Island at The Community House

Get to Know Your Neighbors on Sanibel Island at The Community HouseHave you just moved to Sanibel Island or recently purchased a second home here? Are you looking for ways to get to know the people of Sanibel Island and immerse yourself in the community? The community house is a good way to get to know the people of the island.

About the Community House

The community house is run by the Sanibel Community Association it is located at 2173 Periwinkle Way on Sanibel Island. If you have questions you can contact them via the email address on the Community House website. The Sanibel Community Association is an independent organization that...

Sanibel Real Estate - 2474 Wulfert Road - Price Improvement - MLS#2220332

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2474 Wulfert


Fully furnished, select art for sale /prominent artists. 2 Master suites - #1 bedroom, sitting room, bath w/bidet, door to pool area, 4 closets. #2 Master bedroom, glass enclosed shower, Terrace overlooking golf course, separate toilet room. Third bedroom ensuite, door to outside. Fully equipped kitchen – dishes/silverware. Large TV room with dining area, doors to pool area. Living room with stone fireplace. Dining room – beamed ceiling. 2-car garage w/air conditioning. Laundry room with washer,...

Why Mortgage Pre-Approval is So Important

Why Mortgage Pre-Approval is So ImportantBefore beginning to shop for homes it is important that potential homebuyers have a clear financial picture of their personal income and whether they will need the help of a lender to make a home purchase. When mortgaging a home it is always best to have a clear picture of what that mortgage will look like before searching for a potential home to purchase. The best way to do this is with mortgage preapproval. When it comes to home shopping some home buyers make the mistake of not looking into a clear mortgage plan or settling for prequalification.

How is mortgage preapproval different from mortgage prequalification?

Both mortgage ...

The Year 2022 is Still a Great Time to Purchase a House

The Year 2022 is Still a Great Time to Purchase a House Mortgage rates and home prices have increased quite significantly over the last year. This has some people wondering if they should hold off on home buying. Even though it may be more expensive to purchase a home than it was when mortgage rates were around 2% it still can be a good time to purchase at home.

It is impossible to pick the perfect time to purchase a home by measuring factors in the housing market. This may seem like it is a bit off but if you look at the last 50 years of real estate market data the right time to purchase a house is always currently if you are within the financial ability to do so. The St....

Tips for Selling a Home in a Cooling Market

TIps to Selling a Home in a Cooling MarketThe real estate market has officially begun to shift toward a more balanced playing field. For the first time in several years, buyers are beginning to gain back some leverage in the real estate purchase process. According to a recent survey, about 92% of sellers accepted some form of buyer-friendly terms in home sales over the past year.

Mortgage rates have increased and prices are accelerating at a much slower pace as home inventory continues to increase. This means that sellers should be working with an expert realtor and be aware of the new conditions of the market for a successful home sale.

Here are some helpful...

Fall Maintenance Tips for Florida Homes- Important Tasks Specific to Florida Homes

Fall Maintenance Tips for Florida Homes- Important Tasks Specific to Florida HomesThere are five major climate zones within the continental United States. This means that certain things someone is accustomed to doing in one area are not going to work for another area. If you own a home in Post Falls Idaho your maintenance upkeep is going to be different than owning a home on Sanibel Island Florida. For example, the climate of the sunshine state often deals with hurricanes and an annual precipitation average of 54 inches.

One thing many Florida homeowners are well aware of is that muggy and humid Florida summers with high temperatures can create a very uncomfortable outdoor work environment. This...

You Don't Want to Miss This Year's Island Hopper Festival!

island hopper festival2022This year's Island Hopper Songwriter Fest is right around the corner and you want to make sure that you do not miss it! Every year the festival brings in the greatest singer-songwriters from around the nation and this year will not disappoint. There are some very impressive performances from big names scheduled. And what is even better is that the venues are small allowing you a more immersive experience. As always the Island Hopper Songwriter Festival kicks off on Captiva Island.

This popular and can't-miss music festival is broken into three locations over a 10-day period and the first is Captiva Island from September 16-18. The festival will then move onto downtown Fort Myers from September 19-22. It will cap off in Fort...

Captiva Real Estate - Just Reduced - 3113 Tennis Villa - MLS#2220386

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3113 Tennis Villas


Located in the exclusive, private, gated South Seas Resort. Enjoy miles of sugar sand beaches and everything that a premier resort offers. This "Beachy" 1 bedroom and 1 bath corner unit Tennis Villa overlooks the tropical courtyard and is just steps away from the sparkling community pool.  Interior offers luxury vinyl flooring, granite kitchen counters and is fully furnished by the resort. Additional amenities include community laundry, BBQ grills, common elevator and onsite rental office. Enjoy great island restaurants, Captiva's "Village"...