Posted by Valerie Tutor on Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 at 2:12pm.
Happy July! Here is hoping your July 4th was as much fun as ours on the island. Our annual 4th of July parade down Periwinkle is a blast with lots of participation from island businesses as well as residents and visitors who just want to be in a parade. We love to pay tribute to our military to whom we are so thankful. The Island Fireworks celebration off the Causeway beaches is a must see and people start finding their seat early that morning to be sure they have the best view. What fun! It is so easy to be grateful for the freedom we have as Americans when you are looking out over the bay and its water shimmering in the moonlight while the fireworks explode in a colorful kaleidoscope across the evening sky.
The summer tourist season is in full swing and the island is busy with families enjoying the beach and the bike paths. Many of our visitors from Europe stop by this time of year. I met Petra and Kurt from Germany exploring Blind Pass Beach this weekend. It was their first visit and they were thoroughly impressed! I would also like to give a shout out to Dr Melba and Dr. Frank from Miami who purchased their own Sanibel property this summer. Many of our summer visitors and part time residents are actually from the Miami and Ft. Lauderdale area. It is a only a little over 2 hours from one coast to the other & a great opportunity for them to escape the hustle and bustle for the simpler island Florida lifestyle.
The real estate market has been steady and very busy. Buyers at all price ranges have come to the SW Florida area and our special islands to purchase vacation and even permanent homes. Savvy investors in real estate are buying the rental homes and condos that are on the beach or near beach given that our rental market is sold out with folks just waiting to reserve a vacation rental. Our concern is still not having enough supply to keep up with the demand. There are currently 144 homes & 128 condos for sale on Sanibel and Captiva. We have sold or put under contract 217 homes & 148 condos so far in 2015 here on the islands. Our off island SW Florida market is smokin’ hot too. Thousands of properties have been purchased this year from Naples to North Fort Myers. Those looking for rentals for winter 2016 are having a hard time because almost all of the rentals throughout SW Florida are booked already!
Have a great summer and if you are looking for a place of your own here in paradise – give me a call and I will save you a seat!
I am a true Florida native and proud of my heritage growing up in South Florida on an 80 acre cattle ranch only two hours from Sanibel. Since the early 1960s, my family loved to spend our free time on Sanibel and Captiva, so I pretty much grew up here. After living and working all over South and Central Florida, my husband and I were thrilled to be able to move home to Sanibel Island.READ MORE