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The Benefits of Listing Your Home with Sally Davies and Royal Shell Real Estate are Clear.

As a REALTOR® with Royal Shell Real Estate, Sally is your direct link to the largest group of buyers, sellers, and renters on Sanibel & Captiva.

Whether you're seeking to buy or sell a rental investment, or a first or second home on Sanibel or Captiva let me put my expertise as a
"Sanibel & Captiva Islands Specialist"
and the unique backing of Royal Shell Real Estate Inc. to work for you. For fifteen years Royal Shell Vacations
earned an exceptional reputation on Sanibel & Captiva by offering vacation rentals both on & off the beaches of Sanibel & Captiva Islands.
During that that time we serviced over 80,000 guests per year, and as a result achieved the customer base required to be successful in real
estate sales. Our real estate sales philosophy is to provide a high level of integrity, ethics, quality and excellence. Our sales slogan
"The Treatment you Expect, The Treatment You Deserve" describes our comfortable approach to selling and buying property which is backed by our unmatched comprehensive
experience in all aspects of real estate on Sanibel & Captiva. Over the years Royal Shell has assisted hundreds of guests to become island
, so you know you will be in good hands with Sally & Royal Shell Real Estate.



Some of the places we will market your property through include:


  • Advertisements in both local and international media
  • Regular mailings to our extensive customer list
  • Posting your property in the MLS which immediately makes it accessible to other realtors and also ""
  • In addition, your listing will be featured on the Royal Shell websites, and which are consistently ranked on the first page of Google, MSN and other major search engines, due to the efforts of our aggressive marketing department.
  • We will hold a realtors “open house” so that the other agents on the islands can familiarize themselves with your property.
  • Listing information placed in all Royal Shell Vacations rental properties (over 400 properties located on both islands)
  • Information packets placed in the lobby areas of our Sanibel and Captiva rental offices, and other island locations.
  • Advertising through our membership of the Sanibel Captiva Chamber of Commerce.
  • Just listed postcards will be mailed to our extensive list of buyer/investors.
  • Local TV ad campaigns.
  • Full color flyers and a CD Rom consisting of photos and graphics will be distributed with listing information to all other agents.

Following you will find a few simple suggestions to help your property sell quickly:

Get the House Ready

A house that "sparkles" on the surface will sell faster than its shabby neighbor, even though both are structurally well-maintained.

From experience, REALTORS® also know that a "well-polished" house appeals to more buyers and will sell faster and for a higher price.
Additionally, buyers feel more comfortable purchasing a well-cared for home because if what they can see is maintained, what they can't
see has probably also been maintained. In readying your house for sale, consider:

  • how much should you spend
  • exterior and curb appeal
  • preparing the interior

How much should you spend
In preparing your home for the market, spend as little money as possible. Buyers will be impressed by a brand new roof, but they aren't
likely to give you enough extra money to pay for it. There is a big difference between making minor and inexpensive "polishes" and
"touch-ups" to your house, such as putting new knobs on cabinets and a fresh coat of neutral paint in the living room, and doing extensive
and costly renovations, like installing a new kitchen. Sally Davies is familiar with buyers' expectations on the islands and can
advise you specifically on what improvements need to be made. Don't hesitate to ask for advice.

Twelve ways to Maximize exterior and curb appeal
Before putting your house on the market, take as much time as necessary (and as little money as possible) to maximize its exterior and
interior appeal. Tips to enhance your home’s exterior and curb appeal:

  • Keep the lawn edged, cut and watered regularly.
  • Trim hedges, weed lawns and flowerbeds, and prune trees regularly.
  • Check the foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios for cracks and crumbling.
  • Inspect doors and windows for peeling paint.
  • Clean and align gutters.
  • Inspect and clean the chimney.
  • Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles.
  • Repair and repaint loose siding and caulking.
  • During spring and summer months consider adding a few showy annuals, perhaps in pots, near your front entrance.
  • Re-seal an asphalt driveway.
  • Keep your garage door closed.
  • Store RVs or old and beaten up cars elsewhere while the house is on the market.
  • Apply a fresh coat of paint to the front door.

Maximizing interior appeal - Nine tips that really make a difference!
Enhance your home’s interior by:

  • Giving every room in the house a thorough cleaning, as well as removing all clutter. This alone will make your house appear bigger
    and brighter. Some homeowners with crowded rooms have actually rented storage garages and moved half their furniture out,
    creating a sleeker, more spacious look.
    Hiring a professional cleaning service, once every few weeks while the house is on the market.
    This may be a good investment for owners who are busy elsewhere.
  • Removing the less frequently used, even daily used items from kitchen counters, closets, and attics, making these areas much more inviting.
    Since you're anticipating a move anyhow, holding a garage sale at this point is a great idea.
  • If necessary, repainting dingy, soiled or strongly colored walls with a neutral shade of paint, such as off-white or beige. The same
    neutral scheme can be applied to carpets and linoleum.
  • Checking for cracks, leaks and signs of dampness in the attic and basement.
  • Repairing cracks, holes or damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint, and tiles.
  • Replacing broken or cracked windowpanes, moldings, and other woodwork. Inspecting and repairing the plumbing, heating , cooling,
    and alarm systems.
  • Repairing dripping faucets and showerheads. Buying showy new towels for the bathroom, to be brought out only when prospective
    buyers are on the way.
  • Sprucing up a kitchen in need of more major remodeling by investing in new cabinet knobs, new curtains, or a coat of paint.

Fix It or Replace It?
The May 2007 issue of Consumer Reports offers consumers a timeline to determine when it’s time to say goodbye to old appliances that aren’t operating properly. The magazine took into account age, typical repair and replacement costs, and improvements that have been made in newer models.

The following list shows the age when it’s more sensible to replace an appliance rather than fix it:

  • 6 years: dishwashers, over-the-range microwaves, and top-freezer refrigerators
  • 7 years: clothes dryers and top-loader washers
  • 8 years: Bottom-freezer and side-by-side refrigerators, electric or gas ranges, electric wall ovens, and front-loader washers



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