This month I was the guest columnist in realtors John & Denice Beggs monthly newsletter. Hope you enjoy the column I wrote about de-cluttering!

Til next time…

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April Guest Columnist/ Get Educated
Featured Property of the Month
Surf Sounds
Beggs Best Buys
All Things Captiva!
Company News
March 2014 Market Report
Recipe of the Month
Quote of the Month
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symbol mean?
We know and love these islands…but it means MORE than that.

We have completed training in these twelve educational areas:

1. Sanibel – Captiva Conservation Foundation
2. Sanibel City Hall
3. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge
4. Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife – C.R.O.W.
5. Captiva Erosion Prevention District
6. Historical Society
7.  Bailey Mathews Shell Museum
8.  Marketing Condominiums on the Islands
9. Resorts and Second Homes
10. Differences: Selling the Islands vs. Mainland Lee County
11. Waterways and Beaches
12. Working with International Buyers
We work hard to be yourbest island resource!
Sanibel/Captiva E-Newsletter

April 2014 Edition 

Welcome to the April edition of ou 

Sanibel/Captiva E-Newsletter.


Where’s the best place in the world to have a Spring Fling?  Why Sanibel & Captiva Islands of course!

Come Island Hop with Us


Not only do the human species like to celebrate Spring Break but so do the birds!  Check out who’s passing thru the islands in the Surf Sounds column.


This month our Guest Columnist section will provide authoritative information on  “De-cluttering for Faster Sales Results” from our very own Island Expert to help you ready your home for a timely sale.


We are your island specialists as our training suggests in the Beggs Bits column but our greatest education has been living the island life – soon celebrating 28 ye

ars of island bliss.  We are happily building our own island history.


Finally, Don’t be caught out in the cold next winter, take advantage of end of season values before they are gone, gone, gone.  Call us for wonderful opportunities to build your nest and your nest egg!


OK time to get your “SPRING” on!  Hip Hop to the news!

Come for a visit ….. you’ll want to stay for a
Lifetime …..

and we can help you make it happen …

April Guest Columnist/ Get Educated

De-cluttering for Faster Sales Results



We’ve all heard it!  Not just here in SW Florida, but everywhere…If you want to sell your home quickly, and for top dollar, before you put it up for sale, you must de-clutter!  Well, what exactly does that mean?  Here are a few examples of de-cluttering, and why it is an important first step in preparing your home for sale.


All of us have “stuff” and most of us have “too much stuff!”  De-cluttering is the process of removing the “stuff” in your home you can (at least temporarily) live without.  Why?  Well, open space, organized closets, and an empty drawer or two, help buyers see that your home offers plenty of room for their “stuff!”


The same can be said of furniture and accessories; less is more when you are preparing your home for sale.  So, for example, eliminate furniture that disrupts the natural flow of traffic thru your home.  You may LOVE that large recliner for watching late night TV, but if it’s gone, buyers won’t have to walk around it, and your room will look more spacious without it!  Or, if your bedroom feels or looks crowded, and has both a dresser and a chest of drawers, consider moving one of them to storage (filled with the clothes you can temporarily live without) to make the space in the bedroom more visible to potential buyers!


Pack away family photos, extra toys, and most of those collections you love, that will just distract your buyers while they are touring your home.  Clutter-free counters in your kitchen signal to the buyer that there’s plenty of cupboard space.  The same is true in bathrooms.


In living rooms, great rooms, and offices, built-ins and bookshelves should not be full. Keep a few carefully chosen items to accessorize each space.  Here on Sanibel and Captiva, a few beautiful shells, an orchid, and your wall art, might be just enough to accessorize a living or dining room.

With our wonderful weather and beautiful outdoor surroundings, many Sanibel/Captiva buyers are looking for outdoor living space and storage. Don’t make the mistake of filling your deck or lanai with the extra furniture you’ve collected from the rest of the house!  Make sure that your garage, storage locker and under-home areas are mostly empty, neat and clean. Lots of empty storage area will help potential buyers see where their bikes, kayaks, swimming pool noodles and beach chairs can be stored!  If possible, find an out-of-sight spot for garbage cans and recycle bins, so that they don’t detract from the curb-appeal of your home.


De-cluttering is an important first step in preparing your home for sale, but some times additional work is necessary. Look at your home, with a buyer’s eye. Is the paint fresh?  Will the color appeal to most buyers?  Are the best features of the home accentuated and the potential problems minimized?  If you have questions about your home (or condo) please contact me.  I would love to help you get your property ready for sale!


Sherri Martin

Sanibel Home Staging

(239) 233-7823

 Thanks for the great suggestions, Sherri!  


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Featured Property of the Month

Exclusive Island Get Away 

Offers the only available property in Captiva Village with 

separate quarters for owners and guests. 


Enjoy a breathtaking sunrise from the pool, walk to the sparkling beaches of the Gulf of Mexico and enjoy boating with the convenience of your own dock and 15,000 and 40,000 lb boat lifts






Two beautifully appointed

Master Guest Suites

Bayfront heated pool with large  screened lanai and full pool bath
Surf Sounds…

Who’s Nesting
Who’s Hatching
Which True Snowbirds are Passing Through

If you can sparrow a few minutes, you can READ owl about it here!

Radar of Spring Bird Migration

 Thank you to Kristie Anders of Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation

for the terrific information!




To support SCCF and have some fun…come out for
on April 26th.


Beer in the Bushes



Ding Darling National
Wildlife Refuge

Celebrates Earth Day


Ding Darling Logo  

Saturday, April 19, 2014

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Come out and enjoy the Refuge!
Free Admission
Special Events, Activities and Give Aways All Day

Today Show’s 






Did you miss it when it aired?

Click here to watch now.






TV Fishing Celebrity 
to Fish at Local Tournament 



Host of the popular Bass2Billfish TV fishing program,

Peter Miller, has signed up for the third annual “Ding” Darling and Doc Ford’s Tarpon Tournament, which takes place on Saturday, May 3, 2014

If you haven’t signed up yet, there is still time!

Click here for everything you need to know

Everything You Wanted To Know 

About Where the Shells Are On The Islands!……
Pam doing the “Captiva Crunch” at sunset


My friend Pam knows the best way to have a girls night out…head to the beach for shelling and sunset.  What a perfect combination!  Her blog has some pictures about her recent “evening out” on Captiva.  Combing the beach for shell treasures, meeting friendly visitors and ending it a breath taking sunset.
Can you say “Ahhhhh”…
Just looking at the pictures will make you never want to do a night out with friends any other way!
Want help identifying all those incredible shells?
Look no further than Pam’s



Beggs Best Buys

Buy Your Perfect Nest now
so next winter you’re not 
Left Out in the Cold


Waterfront Captiva Homes

15009 Binder Drive 

                NEW to MARKET
Waterfront Sanibel / Captiva Condos                           
15221 Captiva Drive #5-B       JUST REDUCED     
 2332 Beach Villas                  

 Waterfront Multi Family

15300 Captiva Drive



Near Beach Homes                           

11490 Dickey Ln                  MOTIVATED SELLER

3168 Twin Lakes Drive        REDUCED AGAIN

11490 Old Lodge Lane



Vacant Land

15180 Wiles Drive               ONLY LOT in COCONUT CREEK



All Things Captiva!



Peek at the Unique
featured our Riviera Inspired
Bayfront Home


Over 600 people attended this popular, annual fund raiser which was
held on March 15th.
Interested in making this unique property your own?
Click here for a Virtual Tour,..
Then CALL US to schedule your own personal tour!





“Santiva” Mailboat and
History Celebrated

at the New  

Captiva Island History Gallery






A replica of Santiva’s interior forms the Captiva Island Historical Society’s new museum gallery that opened after diligent planning and fundraising.
Make a stop in and let the history of our island come alive.




World Property Channel Names Captiva 
Top 10 Spring Break Destinations


Steve Winston, featured columnist, writes: “On Captiva Island, 
you’re only a short ride away from mainland Florida. But it might as 
well be a million miles. This is one spring breakaway that’ll really 
give you a break!”
We couldn’t agree more!



Company News

We Recently SOLD
Captiva Hide-a-Way 2 B
2 BR/ 2 BA
Bayside Villas
South Seas Bayside Villa #5136

1 BR / 2 BA


What are you saving
Your Nest Egg for? 


March 2014 Market Report

  March Sales & New Listings

Now easily see what sold and what new listings have come on the market.   To view all listings – visit our website, or give us a call!  

Total Sales for Sanibel: 



Sanibel March Sales
New to Market Homes

New to Market Condo  

View Report 

New to Market Lots
Total Sales for Captiva: 



Captiva March Sales


New to Market Homes

New to Market Condo

View Report

New to Market Lots

*All statistics taken from Sanibel-Captiva MLS.

*All Information Deemed Reliable But Not Guaranteed.

*The information provided represents a general compilation of real estate activity on the Islands.  This info does not imply that BEGGS,REALTORS®, Royal Shell Real Estate is involved in these transactions nor is this intended to solicit property already listed.


*Contact us if you would like to receive an automatic update of new listings, or you can click here to design your own alert.

Recipe of the Month

Spring is Sprouting 

This month’s recipe is compliments of Christine Lindsey, The Sprout Queen,who can be found at the Sanibel Farmer’s Market each Sunday from 8 – 1.

Asian Mustard Pesto
5 cups shredded mustard Asian (spicy) greens

1/2 cup raw, shelled sunflower seeds

2 cloves fresh garlic

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.  Store in air tight container in refrigerator or freezer.

Great for seasoning eggs, pasta sauces, and soups or used as base for salad dressing, spread on pizza dough.

Gluten, dairy, and nut free.

Christine Lindsey

The Sprout Queen

A division of Pine Island Botanicals



(239) 849-0639





Quote of the Month


“Why do we love the island so? Is it its beauty or the people? In our hearts we knew it was both.”  -Elizabeth Braswell Pearsall  This month’s quote was inspired by a visit to the new Captiva Island History Gallery.  Look for these words embedded on an overhead beam.




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