Sanibel Island Farmers Market

Sanibel Farmers MarketThe Sanibel Island Farmers Market is an activity to remember! Gone are the days of just fruits and vegetables being sold. Now, you can find bread, honey, seafood, meats, flowers, cheeses, live plants, and homemade crafts along with fresh local produce. The Sanibel Island Farmers Market is a great way to kick off a Sunday morning with fresh breakfast for the family and it provides an opportunity to shop outside for local groceries to keep you stocked throughout the week.

When Is It?

The Farmers Market is held from October-May. It’s open every Sunday, including Easter Sunday, from 8am-1pm.

Where Is It?

The market is held outside of Sanibel City Hall located at 800 Dunlop Road, Sanibel, Florida 33957. Lot parking is available at Sanibel City Hall, Sanibel Library, BIG Arts, and Schoolhouse Theater. Bicycles can be parked at the designated area at City Hall. Handicap parking is located at City Hall.

Who Should Go?

The whole family! The market is suitable for children. It’s a great place to gather with friends in a relaxed, outdoor setting. Unfortunately, keep the pups at home because dogs are not allowed in the vendor area.

Why Should You Visit?

Shop small and shop local! Money spent at the Sanibel Island Farmers Market stays in the community and is reinvested locally. Plus, you can find delicious homemade food and unique, intricately crafted goods you won’t be able to find anywhere else. Visitors from far and wide rave about the market and make sure to stop back annually on their vacations.  

Are There Other Markets in the Area?

Yes! The overarching operator of the market is Local Roots, LLC. They are the operator of 9 of the largest Farmers Markets in Lee County Florida. There are several markets open around the county on various days. Early in the week, you can find the Captiva Island Farmers Market open Tuesdays, and the Lakes Park Farmers Market is in session on Wednesdays. On Thursdays, you can find open markets in Coconut Point and the River District. If you’re shopping toward the end of the week, you can find the Sanibel Outlet Farmers Market open on Fridays, as well as the Boca Grande Farmers Market. Weekend markets include the Bonita Springs Farmers Market and of course, the Sanibel Island Market on Sundays!

Thinking about relocating to Sanibel Island? Contact Phaidra McDermott to learn about the current real estate market and opportunities in the area.


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    Home Buyer and Seller Trends in 2020

    Here’s a recap of the home buyer and seller profiles report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) for 2020. 

    Home Buyers

    • 88% of buyers worked with an agent to purchase their home. Here are 5 reasons buyers should use an agent.
    • 51% of buyers said that having an agent help them find the right home was what they wanted most when choosing an agent.
    • 91% of buyers would use their agent again or recommend them.
    • 18% of buyers contacted a real estate agent as their first step in the buying process, while 43% looked online for homes as their first step.
    • 73% of buyers only interviewed one agent.

    Home Sellers

    • The main reasons for selling a home: 15% wanted to move closer to friends and family, 14% said their home was too small, and 12% had a change in their family situation.
    • 89% of sellers worked with an agent to sell their home
    • FSBOs sold for significantly less than homes sold with an agent. The median selling price for FSBO homes was $217,900, and the median selling price for agent-assisted homes was $242,300.
    • The nal sales price for recently sold homes was a median of 99% of the nal listing price.
    • 77% of sellers only interviewed one agent.

    If you are thinking about buying or selling on the beautiful Sanibel or Captiva Islands, contact Phaidra McDermott today. 


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      Why You Should Use a Realtor to Sell Your Home

      Sanibel Florida Listing AgentSelling your home can be a complicated process. Agents do more than simply attract potential buyers and expedite the paperwork. They market your home to sell, do it in a timely manner, get you the best price, and make the entire process as straightforward as possible. 

      Marketing Your Home

      Agents help advertise your home. From listing your home on the local MLS system to taking professional photos, to staging the right lighting for an open house, real estate agents know the best tips to show your home in the best lens possible. Agents know the best angles to shoot at and staging tricks to help your home sell. 

      Expediting Your Timeline

      Real estate agents give you their full attention. Listing your home yourself can be a hassle when you are juggling a full-time job and a family. Getting back to potential buyers immediately may not be realistic. Packing your day full of phone calls, arranging showings, and ensuring your home is ready to be viewed can be hectic and slow down the process when you already have a full plate of responsibilities. Agents prioritize selling your home and make sure it is being sold for the best price possible. 

      Getting the Best Price for Your Home

      When you use a real estate agent, you get access to years of hard-earned knowledge. They do not make the simple mistakes that inexperienced first time home sellers may. Agents know exactly how to price your property because they’re experts at staging homes and have successfully completed several sales. They’ve sold properties in the area before, so they know the best price points to sell your home. Additionally, they are trained negotiators, so the cost of an agent can easily pay for itself and then some once they have negotiated the best price for your home. Curious about how much your home is worth? Use our Sanibel and Captiva home value estimator

      Gaining Peace of Mind

      Perhaps the most important reason to hire a realtor is to gain peace of mind. Realtors take a lot of emotion out of the listing process. Showing your home to potential buyers who may not share the same sense of sentimental value concerning your home can be emotionally draining. Real estate agents have a realistic view of the situation and are an invaluable resource when it comes to selling your home. They are here to help you and get your home sold as quickly as possible.

      Get Started Today

      Interested in selling your home? View our seller resources or contact Phaidra McDermott to learn more about selling your Captiva Island & Sanibel Island real estate.


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        Affordable Updates to Improve the Value of Your Home

        Home ImprovementsThere are a few updates you can make to your home that will give your property a facelift without breaking the bank. Your home is probably one of your biggest investments, so you’ll want to make improvements that increase the value of your home before you sell it. There are a few ways to do this without spending too much time or money.

        Spruce Up Outdoor Areas

        Make your outdoor space beautiful and inviting to entice buyers to walk through your door. You can do simple things like planting colorful flowers and low maintenance plants. Outdoor light fixtures are another way to add more appeal to your home. Your outdoor space makes a difference, whether it’s a tiny patio or a big yard. If your deck or patio needs repair, now is the time to get it done. Be sure to keep the trees, bushes, and grass well trimmed. Read how to optimize your outdoor living space here.

        Paint, Paint, Paint

        One of the best returns on investment is adding a fresh coat of paint to your walls, doors, and windows. This is a great way to brighten things up. Try to avoid very dark colors and make it easy for buyers to visualize themselves living in your home. Color trends come and go, but neutral colors are generally appealing to more buyers. Let’s not forget about the exterior! Power wash the exterior first and then decide if you need a new coat of paint or some touch ups. It’s a great idea to paint your front door, especially if it’s older.

        Update Hardware

        From doorknobs, handles, and hinges to light switch covers and fixtures, updating the hardware in your kitchen and bathroom makes a big difference. Install new appliances in your kitchen if they are too outdated, and you don’t need to buy the most expensive replacements either. The same goes for the toilet and mirror in your bathroom. Be sure to check the seals and caulk around the cabinets, countertops, sinks, and tile and touch it up if needed.

        Thinking about selling your home on Sanibel Island? Contact Phaidra McDermott today!


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          How to Optimize Your Outdoor Living Space

          One of the best things about living on Sanibel Island is the ability to be outside year round. Florida’s warm weather allows you to extend your living space beyond the four walls of your home to include the outdoors as well. Keep reading for tips on how to optimize your outdoor living space.

          Start with lighting

          Having subtle but well-placed lighting outdoors helps blend the indoor with the outdoor, making it feel like an extension of your home. A popular lighting method for outdoor spaces is solar lighting, which you can set up along outdoor paths or gardens to highlight the focal points of your space. Solar lighting also requires minimal to no electrical work, which makes it a quick, easy, and cost-efficient option. 

          Section off your space

          Outdoor Living AreaZoning an outdoor living area isn’t as complicated as it sounds; it can be as simple as adding furniture to a vacant space. Think about what you want to use the space for. Do you want to host outdoor barbecues? Do you want a quiet spot to sit and watch the sunset with your family? A combination of the two? Each section of your space should have a function and be in an appropriate location. For example, it’s usually a good idea to set up the outdoor dining area near the kitchen so it’s easily accessible come mealtime. A lot of people also like their lounge seating separated from the entertaining spaces and facing the sunset if possible. 

          Add a fire pit

          Even in Florida, the nights can be too chilly to spend outside without the warmth of a crackling fire. Adding a fire pit to your space not only adds to its aesthetic appeal and increases value, but it also allows you to get more use out of your space. Now when night falls, instead of going back inside, you and your family can roast marshmallows, grill, or sit and chat in front of the fire, soaking in its warmth. 

          Try some unconventional seating

          Cushioned couches and wooden benches are great staples to have in your outdoor space, but adding a hammock, swing, or funky chair can spice up the area. A hammock is a great place to relax, and it’s easy to install. Hanging a swing or hammock from an existing tree also allows your seating elements to mesh with the surrounding nature, making it feel more cohesive and natural with the landscape. 

          If you have any questions about the Sanibel, Florida area or local real estate opportunities, contact Phaidra McDermott.


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            5 Things to Do to Make Your New House Feel Like Home

            House in Sanibel FloridaMoving into a new house can be an exciting experience. Once you’ve made the initial move, it can feel like there’s so much to do that you don’t even know where to start. Here are some tips to help you navigate your move and make it as smooth as possible.

            Get to know the area (and the neighbors)

            During a stressful time like moving into your new home, it’s important that you take breaks. One thing you could do that takes advantage of the perfect fall weather is going for a stroll around your neighborhood. Get to know the streets, businesses, and neighbors - if you see someone outside, go up and introduce yourself. The Sanibel community is very welcoming and locals are always happy to help you adjust to island life. Once you’ve walked around and introduced yourself to the neighbors, you could also suggest a socially distanced house-warming party. 

            Unpack personal items first

            A lot of people start unpacking the living areas first, but getting your bedroom, closet, and bathroom set up is what really makes a home feel like yours. Who cares if you have two perfectly fluffed couch pillows if you have to dig through boxes to find your favorite blouse? Having a full and organized closet helps you start the day off on a good foot, leaving the rest of the day to unpack less important items (like those couch pillows). You should also have your bathroom set up with your toothbrush, toothpaste, and any other grooming products you use. This will help you start to get back into your routine and feel more relaxed in your home. 

            Get the address change over with

            Once you move, there are a lot of documents you need to change and people you should notify. Some of these include your driver’s license, bank, doctor’s office (change your pharmacy too, if necessary), and filling out a change of address form at the post office. Once all of this is done, the move will start to feel official. And getting your first piece of mail at your new house will really make it start to feel like home. 

            Decorate - but not officially

            Decorations are the first step to making a new home your own. Having some pieces that were present in your old house can be a good way to make your surroundings more familiar. You don’t, however, want to start decorating in the midst of unpacking, only to change your mind about decorations later. It can be useful to take out all your decorations and simply place them on the floor, leaning against the wall, or otherwise placed somewhere that is not permanent. This way you can get used to seeing all your decorations but not have to commit to placing them before the rest of your home is arranged. 

            Use the kitchen

            It can be tempting to order takeout every night during move-in, but cooking meals in your new kitchen is one of the best ways to settle in. Take a break from the organizing and unpacking and cook a dinner from scratch - the whole family can even help! Carve out some time where everyone is free to sit, talk, and eat a delicious home cooked meal in the dining room. 

            If you're interested in buying or selling a home on Sanibel Island, contact Phaidra McDermott or start your home search here.


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              5 Questions for Your Real Estate Agent

              Finding the Right Agent - Questions to Ask Your AgentFinding the correct real estate agent is the first step in finding the perfect home for you. Your agent is someone who champions for you during the buying process, so it’s important to know the correct questions to ask them in order to make the best decision for you. Below are five questions you should ask your realtor that many may not think of. 

              1. Do you see any red flags with this home? Would you purchase this home?

              Agents will often see red flags with homes that buyers might not notice. Use this time to take advantage of their knowledge. Take it one step further and ask your agent if they would want to purchase the home for themselves. Take note of their answer and language. If they say no, ask further details as to why. 

              2. Do you have a recommended a home inspector, handyman, or real estate attorney?

              Remember that the agents are the experts. They will know other local service experts and should be able to recommend inspectors and attorneys to help keep the home buying process smooth and efficient. 

              3. How many homes do you help buyers purchase each year? How many homes total each year, do you help close?

              Knowing how much your agent has on their plate can be helpful in your home buying search. On average, an agent sells twelve homes per year. If the agent is well below that, ask them why. This could be a red flag. 

              4. How many buyers clients are you working with currently?

              In line with the above point, an agent working with too many clients could mean they don’t have enough time to devote to you. It could also mean that they are in high demand, so ask for references to see why so many people want to work with this particular agent.

              5. What are the closing costs?

              Closing costs are additional costs that come with purchasing a home that is not included in the price of the property. Those can include, attorney fees, lender costs, title fees, inspectors, and more. Asking ahead of time is a good way to get a handle on all of the costs needed upfront.

              Contact Phaidra McDermott today with any questions or start your home search here


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                Four Things to Consider When Buying an Island Home

                Home on Sanibel IslandSanibel and Captiva Islands are some of the most coveted places to live in Southern Florida. The unmatched natural beauty and tight knit communities of the area are what draw people in and keep them hooked. Once you visit these islands, you’ll never want to leave. And you don’t have to! But buying an island home takes special preparation - there are a lot of things to consider before making the transition, especially for those who have never experienced island living before. Here are some tips to prepare you for the island lifestyle:

                Old Fashioned Living

                With fewer than 10,000 people living on the island, Sanibel offers a small town charm that cannot be missed by tourists. Even today, the island has no traffic lights and no billboards. Biking is a preferred method of transportation here, made easy by the 22 miles of traffic-less bike trails that weave around the island. Sanibel is also unique in that it has a long-standing ban on a number of chain restaurants, which helps preserve local businesses. Sanibel and its residents prioritize the preservation of the island’s natural beauty, and you should be prepared to do the same if you’re thinking of moving here. 

                Local Isolation

                Isolation and local-centric communities are both things you can expect to encounter when transitioning to island living. While the word “isolation” has negative connotations, residents of Sanibel Island actually appreciate the distance from the bustle of the mainland. There is a toll bridge that connects the mainland to the island, and although even year long residents are subject to fees, locals insist that it is a small price to pay for a life in paradise. Local residents have formed a very tight-knit and friendly community - the prohibition of most chain restaurants have allowed the local businesses to flourish and provide for the community. In short, locals are content with what the island provides; many have said that there is hardly anything worth leaving for anyway. 

                “Island Time” 

                Living on Sanibel - or any island - you should expect a change of pace from regular urban (or even rural) life. Things tend to move much slower here. In fact, the speed limit never exceeds 35 mph on the whole island. Generally, people tend to be in less of a hurry. Things like honking your horn or letting out an exasperated sigh while standing in line may be frowned upon. The island is a place of relaxation, and locals strive to maintain the serenity and beauty of the island that keeps them in constant “vacation mode”. 

                Presence of Nature

                Over half of the area of Sanibel and Captiva Islands are reserved for nature preserves or wildlife refuges. Many islands have their own ecosystems, which may mean that you encounter creatures you are unfamiliar with. Doing some pre-move research on the wildlife of the area is definitely a good idea. While the incredible environment offers you never-ending opportunities for exploration, it also demands a certain respect for nature that has been adopted by locals. Residents here are committed to keeping the environmental community in which they live. This means supporting conservation efforts, making sustainable lifestyle changes, and taking advantage of the man-made environment that already exists without encroaching on the natural preserves. 

                Feeling ready for island living? Check out the currently available listings here or create a custom search.


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                  Best Beachfront Restaurants on Sanibel

                  Sanibel Florida Beachfront RestaurantsPart of the charm of the Sanibel and Captiva Islands is the ocean. Dining on the islands is one of our favorite activities. We’ve compiled a list of the best waterfront restaurants to enjoy a variety of cuisines from an incredible view.

                  Thistle Lodge

                  This historic beachfront restaurant features European, Asian, and Flordia style cuisine. The restaurant has a romantic atmosphere with a stunning view of the Gulf of Mexico.

                  Traditions on the Beach

                  Traditions on the Beach is a favorite of the locals and takes pride in using fresh, local ingredients to create Italian and Mediterranean dishes. Along with the amazing beachfront view, the restaurant features live music and dancing every night. 

                  Sea Breeze Cafe

                  Sea Breeze Cafe is within the Sundial Beach Resort & Spa. They serve a variety of sandwiches and salads, as well as signature entrees and fresh wild-caught seafood. You can enjoy your food inside or outside on a palm-lined patio overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.

                  The Mad Hatter

                  The Mad Hatter offers American Cuisine that changes seasonally and is always prepared from scratch. This elegant restaurant is known for its beautiful sunset dinners as it overlooks the ocean.


                  We hope you enjoy these suggestions. Contact Phaidra McDermott for all of your Sanibel Real Estate needs. 


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                    Start Your Virtual Home Search on Sanibel Island

                    Home Buyers OnlineWhile we are experiencing lots of changes and uncertainty happening all over the world, our needs to find a new home or sell a home still exists. Phaidra McDermott provides buyers and sellers with valuable resources and services. You can find the island home of your dreams in the Sanibel and Captiva area. 

                    Find Your New Home Online

                    Use these recommended searches to view current listings. Some of the most popular searches are below. Listings get updated daily!

                    You may also like to create a custom search using this MLS tool. You can filter your search results to match the criteria for your ideal home. 

                    Buyer & Seller Resources

                    By working together, we’ll get through these uncertain times. If you have any questions about buying or selling, or if you’d like to learn more about our beautiful Florida islands, contact Phaidra McDermott today.

                    Click to Browse Sanibel & Captiva Homes that Feature Virtual Tours


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