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Expert Advice to Prepare for an Open House at Your Sanibel Home

Expert Advice to Prepare for an Open House at Your Sanibel HomeHosting an open house, rather having an agent host an open house, to sell your Sanibel home, is a great way to get more people in the home to see it at one time. If you have an open house coming or are considering having an open house to help get your home sold, you might be wondering what you can do to get your home ready for an open house. Here are some great tips to get you prepared. 


Staging is the act of decorating...

Captiva Real Estate - Just Sold - 32 Urchin Court - MLS#2230793

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32 Urchin Court


Great location within the beautiful Sunset Captiva subdivision, a fantastic Gulf to Bay community that offers private deeded beach access, docks with Gulf access, tennis/pickle ball courts and a sparkling community pool. This original 3 bedroom, 3 bath plus den floor plan is a rare find! New roof, New main A/C and ductwork. Offering a screened front porch, laminate wood floors, great room with vaulted ceiling, kitchen with custom cabinetry, cook top, double oven, dining room, custom backsplash, built-in bar and hutch and...

Relocating Your Family?

Relocating to a new city may be a net positive for your family in the long run, but it can be very difficult for your children to understand that. They may have a difficult time coming to terms with leaving behind everything they’ve known in their young lives. This is why it’s critical for families preparing for a move with children to be sensitive to their concerns and fears, even before hiring a moving company.

The best way to make the moving process a smooth one for your kids is to keep them in the loop and make it clear you understand how they’re feeling. If possible, you should make a visit to your new neighborhood before the big day, so your kids won’t feel as overwhelmed or frightened by the unfamiliar. Asking them for help making decisions also gives them a bit more control and helps them get used to the new situation with more ease. Throughout the process, make sure you check in on them frequently, so...

Reasons Why Downsizing Might Not Be For You

Reasons Why Downsizing Might Not Be For YouFor some time the standard or common routine of homeownership for retirement was to trade off the expensive home you raised your family in for a smaller and easier-to-keep property often in a destination that was warm and dreamy. But currently, more homeowners are getting rid of this notion that retired homeowners automatically need to get the for sale sign out on their large family home to trade it for a smaller property. This was the trend of downsizing. Downsizing is a great concept and can be very helpful for many people but for some, it may not make all the sense in the world.

Here are some reasons downsizing may not be for you

The cost of selling is a bit high

Some of us don't often think about...

Sanibel Real Estate - Just Sold - 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...

New and Re-Opening Soon Businesses on Sanibel Island

New and Re-Opening Soon Businesses on Sanibel IslandA frequent question many Sanibel Island residents, both long-time and seasonal, have (as well as vacationing visitors) is "When will a certain business open back up". Or "What is currently open on the island?" As the island continues to get back up on its feet from Hurricane Ian there are many constant changes happening. Here are the businesses planning to open in the coming weeks.

Sanibel Farmers Market

People love the farmers market on Sanibel. Here you can buy the freshest local goods. The market is anticipated to reopen for the 16th annual season on Sunday, October 1. The farmers market is located at City...

Captiva Real Estate - Just Listed - 11539 Wightman Lane - MLS#2230850

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11539 Wightman lane


The perfect location and opportunity to build your "Island Paradise" on the only near beach, vacant lot available on Captiva Island. Concept designs and engineering are complete and ready for permits, rare opportunity to get started in a short period of time to build your dream home on this amazing lot. Situated in Captiva's "Village" on a peaceful and private lane. Short stroll to the sugar sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy stunning sunsets and some of the world's best shelling. Close to great island amenities including...

Neighborhoods with Amenities on Sanibel

Neighborhoods with Amenities on SanibelEvery housing community on Sanibel Island has its own unique culture and appeal. We believe there really is no undesirable location to be on Sanibel. Sanibel is a dream destination to own a property. But potential Sanible buyers all have their specific personal preferences regarding what they would like to see in a dream island home. Some homebuyers might be looking for a home within a community that offers community amenities they can utilize and benefit from the HOA hiring professional help to maintain for a smaller HOA dues fee. They may...

Which Island Should I Settle Into, Sanibel or Captiva?

Which Island Should I Settle Into, Sanibel or Captiva?When people consider a property purchase on Sanibel Island they often ask themselves about the sister island right next to Sanibel, Captiva. This island is on the northwest end of Sanibel and is only accessed by car via Sanibel Island or by boat. These two sister islands offer some of the most amazing dream properties and often people considering a property purchase out here ask whether they should purchase on Sanibel Island or Captiva Island.

Here is a little info about each island to help you decide where you would want to purchase a home

About Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island hosts a city of the same name which encompasses...

Sanibel Real Estate - Just Sold - 1242 Par View Drive - MLS#2230224

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1242 Par View Drive


Wonderful near beach home overlooking the 14th tee in Beachview Country Club Estates. This home was impacted by hurricane Ian and was remediated. Partially elevated home offers 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, vaulted ceilings, tile floors, lanai and a 2-car garage. Semi-private golf course community, tennis, pro shop, private deeded beach access and restaurant. This property was listed by Cindy Sitton of Royal Shell Real Estate, Inc..  Sold 9/6/2023 for $750,000 by Karen Bell & The Bell Team