Hello everyone, I hope you all are doing great!!!!
Believe it or not we have had some cooler mornings and lower humidity here in Southwest Florida. I’m not sure if these are just mini-fronts moving down from up north or just the normal cooling down at this time of year. Once the sun goes down, it’s actually very comfortable outside at night sitting by the pool.
Fishing has been red hot here! I have spoken to so many friends and customers who have been out on the water catching all kinds of fish, inshore and offshore. The inshore bight, as I mentioned, is red hot – they’re catching lots and lots of Snook as Season opened on Sept. 1. There are also schools of Red Fish spotted up in Pine Island Sound and farther north along all the mangrove islands. The Trout bite has also been really good on the grass flats. Anywhere you can find nice healthy grassy bottom, you should find Spotted Sea Trout.
Offshore, my friends have been catching Snapper, Hogfish, big Black Grouper and Gag Grouper as well as Red Grouper. Last week I took my buddy, Frank from Chicago, and his cousin Elias from Greece, out about 35 miles and we caught some monster Red Grouper pushing the 30 inch mark. Elias fishes all the time on the Mediterranean Sea but even he was amazed by the size of these fish! Now these are big Red Grouper! I’ve been hearing about other friends catching small Blackfin Tuna and Bonita as well. If you haven’t been out on the water lately, you need to get out there. It’s awesome!!!!
On a business note, our local Southwest Florida Real Estate Market appears to be steady. Waterfront homes are still selling very well – if they’re priced at current market value, they will sell. Homes that are overpriced continue to wait for Buyers. Today’s consumers are very smart and they do their homework.
In the last 30 days, from Downtown Ft. Myers to Jonathan Harbour near the Sanibel Causeway, there have been 11 waterfront properties Sold and Closed. Sold prices range from $259,000 to $3,750,000. In the same geographic area, there are 11 Pending waterfront homes under contract at this time. In Cape Coral, the same holds true. Properties that are priced at current market value are selling very well. I feel that with interest rates as low as they are, and waterfront prices still affordable compared to so many other places in the world, we will continue to see a strong waterfront market. As inventory shrinks, we’re going to see prices continue to rise. With so many cash sales and more restrictive lending, I think this rise will occur at a normal appreciation rate and not as some artificial bubble like we once saw.
If you have any questions about our Waterfront Market here in Lee County or Collier County, or would like detailed information, please feel free to call me and I will set you up on my program called Listingbook. Listingbook will send you morning updates of all the properties that come onto the market that fit your search criteria. It will also let you know about price changes and you can change your search criteria at anytime. It’s a really great program to have at your finger tips, and, it’s FREE to you. If you would like me to set you up, just give me a call or shoot me a quick e-mail with what type of property you’re looking for, or what areas you’re interested in. Give it a try, it’s easy, it’s free, and I know you’ll love it!!!
Now on to the fun part of the Boating Guide. I’ve heard from many of you who want to know about all the different things to do here in Southwest Florida – Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Sanibel, Captiva, Naples – by boat. So over the next several months, I’ll be highlighting specific Boating Destinations throughout our area. There’s a whole myriad of things to do and places to go by boat that could fill up every weekend for the next year! So stay tuned, I think you’ll really enjoy it!
Remember, make time with your Family and Friends, time goes by so fast.
Until our next issue, make it a great weekend…
Shane “Waterfront” Wilson
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