Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, August 3, 2009
We are seeing solid sale increases over the last 3 years her in Naples FL, although the median price is still going down we are seeing lots of investors come into the market once again, the numbers below are just for Naples only and do not include the Bonita, Estero, Ft Myers area although Lee county is also having a good sales year.
With the Banks and the Courts working hard to get all the foreclosures onto the market, as well as the short sale process is now getting to be a smoother operation.
The old question is are we at the bottom I will let you decide all I can say is numbers have been going up since last November on past year sales.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Monday, November 24, 2008
listed below include property photographs, virtual tours, and the ability to shop and compare properties from various communities. Each community has property specific information including maps and price per square foot.
Homes and Condominiums for each community shown below
The Shores 8 Priced from $230,000
9 Condos from $153,500
Forest Park 15 Priced from $215,000
Glen Eagle 2 4 Priced from $229,900
63 Condos from $169,000
Briarwood 23 Priced from $299,900
6 Condos from $159,900
Countryside 9 Priced from $345,000
54 condos priced from $139,000
Firano 3 Priced from $479,995
Ashton Place 4 Priced from $479,000
Monday, August 4, 2008
I can tell you my phone and e-mails are really up these last four months after a poor start to 2008, sellers have finally realized that if you want you property sold it has to be priced according to the market, 2004 pricing is history.
Monday, May 5, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Florida’s housing market followed the national trend in 2007, as mortgage industry issues and a sluggish economy impacted sales and prices. By year’s end, a total of 130,241 homes sold statewide for a 29 percent decrease compared to the 183,988 homes sold in 2006, according to the Florida Association of Realtors® (FAR). However, 2007 is expected to be the fifth highest sales year on record for existing-home sales, according to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR).“What we experienced during the five-year boom cycle (2001-2005) was not a normal housing market,” notes 2008 FAR President Chuck Bonfiglio. “It was a market like we have never seen before. Existing-home median prices went up statewide over the past five years by some 60 percent; prices only declined in 2007 from 2006 by 5 percent. People are still experiencing a sizable return on their investment if they have owned their home over the past six years. The outlook for 2008 is that the housing market should start to normalize, that we should see some gains by the end of the year. Continued efforts to resolve Florida’s property insurance and property tax issues will also help revitalize our state’s housing market.”The latest market outlook from NAR predicts that, as conditions for the mortgage industry continue to improve, existing-home sales should hold fairly steady over the next few months, rise later in the year and continue to improve in 2009. “A meaningful recovery in existing-home sales could occur as early as this spring, or it may be further delayed toward late 2008,” says NAR Senior Economist Lawrence Yun. “Our consumer survey shows buyers today are in it for the long haul, planning to stay in their home for a median of 10 years. This is a wise approach to housing because the data shows the longer you own, the better your investment.”Florida’s median sales price for existing single-family homes for year-end 2007 was $233,600; a year ago, it was $247,100 for a 5 percent decrease. The median is the midpoint; half the homes sold for more, half for less. At the end of 2002, the statewide median sales price for single-family homes was $137,800, for an increase of 69.5 percent over the five-year-period, according to FAR records.Sales of existing condominiums in Florida also decreased last year, with a total of 41,478 condos sold statewide compared to 56,877 in 2006 for a 27 percent decline, according to FAR. The statewide median sales price for condos at year-end was $205,100, down 3 percent from the 2006 year-end condo median price of $211,500. NAR reported the national median existing condo price was $223,500 in October 2007.Interest rates for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage at the end of 2007 averaged 6.34 percent, according to Freddie Mac, down from the average rate of 6.41 percent at the end of 2006. FAR’s sales figures reflect closings, which typically occur 30 to 90 days after sales contracts are written. Among the state’s larger markets, the West Palm Beach-Boca Raton Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) reported 6,971 existing homes sold last year compared to 8,640 homes sold in 2006 for a 19 percent decrease. The market's median sales price for homes was $369,400; in 2006, it was $384,700 for a 4 percent decrease. A total of 5,674 existing condos changed hands in the MSA last year, down 8 percent from the 6,139 condos sold in 2006. The existing condo median sales price in 2007 was $198,000; in 2006, it was $220,400 for a 10 percent decrease.“It’s absolutely critical now for people to work with a knowledgeable local Realtor who can help guide them through the process of buying or selling a home,” says John Mike, president of the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches and a Realtor-sales associate with Prudential Florida WCI Realty. “We’re more than just a technological resource for a real estate transaction: A professional Realtor is a fountain of information and knowledge to have on your side when making one of the biggest financial investments most people will ever make. Just like in the military, you need the right intelligence to make the right decisions. When you go out to do battle in the real estate market, you ought to be armed with the best intelligence on the local housing market and community. That’s what a local Realtor will provide.”Among the state’s smaller markets, the Gainesville MSA reported a total of 2,644 homes sold in 2007 compared to 3,174 homes the previous year for a 17 percent decrease. The existing home median sales price was $210,400; in 2006, it was $213,200 for a 1 percent decline. A total of 939 existing condos sold in the MSA last year compared to 1,284 condos sold in 2006 for a 27 percent decrease. The market’s existing condo median price was $154,900; in 2006, it was $153,400 for an increase of 1 percent.J. Parrish, president of the Gainesville Alachua County Association of Realtors and president of Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish, Realtors, says retirement trends for baby boomers likely will benefit the area. “You hear the research on how boomers are retiring earlier than their parents did, and that they want a more active lifestyle,” he says. “Therefore, they’re retiring to places where they can find the amenities of continued education, sports and cultural activities associated with university towns like Gainesville.”
© 2008 FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS
Monday, January 14, 2008
Keeping you updated on the market! For the week of January 14, 2008
Rollercoaster aficionados had a field day last week, for up-and-down volatility was the norm, not the exception. Countrywide Financial, the country's largest mortgage servicer, spent most of the week pressuring capital markets with rumors of bankruptcy, but then Bank of America rallied the markets by stepping forward and announcing it was purchasing the beleaguered mortgage giant in a $4 billion stock-exchange transaction.
Earlier in the week, the National Association of Realtors reported that pending home sales decreased 2.6% in November following a larger-than-expected 3.7% gain in October. But the grim outlook was tempered by Lawrence Yun, the NAR's chief economist, who said that although there could be some minor slippage in the first quarter, existing home sales should hold in a narrow range before trending up.
The disappointing pending-sales report was further mitigated by good news in the mortgage markets, where application volume both refinance and purchase surged 32.2% during the holiday shortened week ending Jan. 4, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's weekly application survey.
What's more, application activity could surge again in coming weeks, thanks to plunging mortgage rates. By week's end, the prime 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 5.87%, the 15-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 5.43%, and the five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage averaged 5.63%, according to Freddie Mac's weekly survey. Mortgage rates are now at levels unseen since Sept. 2005.
Bank of America's rescue of Countrywide was received positively last week, as it should have been; no one wants to see the country's largest mortgage servicer go under. But there was a disconcerting acknowledgment in the accompanying press release: The combined company won't make subprime mortgages and will limit its purchases of large packages of loans from other lenders.
That's too bad, because the current mortgage crisis has never been about subprime mortgages per say: It has been about the pricing of subprime mortgages, which didn't reflect the risks involved. Down payments, interest rates, and fees have to reflect borrower risk. This is the economic rationale for giving someone with an 800 FICO score a 6% loan with nothing down and giving someone with a 600 FICO score a 9% loan with 20% down. That paradigm broke down, and needs to be revisited. As homes become more affordable, the last thing we want is to exclude qualified people from the housing market, and that includes people who only qualify for subprime mortgages. The key to successful lending is to appropriately price the risk of lending. Hopefully more people will embrace that economic maxim once the credit crisis subsides.
Monday, December 17, 2007
2000+Sq Ft 3 Bed 2B Pool home The Shores for under $400.
2500+Sq Ft Two Story 4 Bedroom Home in The Shores under $380.
Turnkey Furnished 1100+ Sq Ft 2B 2B Condominium under $190.
1800+sq ft Attached Villa built in 2005 in Forest Park under $250.
2200+Sq Ft 3+den Lake View with pool in Plantation under $360.
1600+sq ft Carriage Home on Golf course in Glen Eagle under $330
Pre-season Sale at Firano starting at $430,000
Ashton Place from under $500,000
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Beautiful "Villa Flora", two story home with magnificent designer swimming pool and spa, including four swim up seats. Situated at the far end of the pool is an elevated dining area. The rear of the home is private and secluded. This three den home is nicely decorated throughout. Features include large designer kitchen with upgrade appliances and beautilul granite countertops, kitchen bar area has wonderful finished wall design. Master bedroom suite is located on the ground floor.
Call Bernie East 239-248-1966 for directions
Monday, July 30, 2007
Survey Digs into Details of International buyers — foreign citizens who legally enter the United States to purchase a home — are making up a growing share of business for real estate practitioners, according to new research by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. NAR’s 2007 Profile of International Home Buying Activity shows that a quarter of REALTORS® report more international business in 2006 than five years ago. Nearly one in five respondents sold a home to an international client in the past year, and one-third say they believe foreign retirees are an increasingly important market in the United States. “Just as many U.S. residents are looking overseas for retirement and second homes, people in other countries are considering a home in this country,” says NAR President Pat V. Combs. As international boundaries of homeownership dissolve, you must stand ready to serve an increasingly diverse and multicultural marketplace, she adds. The research explored the characteristics of second-home purchases in the United States made by international clients. Here are six of the top findings, which reveal important trends that will help you tap into the expanding international niche:
Stronger preference for condos and apartments. In 2006, most international home buyers purchased single-family homes or townhomes, and like most domestic home buyers, they financed their purchase. However, they showed stronger preferences for condos/apartments when compared to U.S. home buyers; 22 percent of international buyers purchased condos/apartments, versus 12 percent of U.S. buyers.
More pay in cash. Twenty-eight percent of foreign buyers bought their houses with cash, compared to 8 percent of U.S. buyers.
Purchase pricier homes. The median sales price of homes purchased by international buyers was $299,500, which is significantly higher than the U.S. median of $221,900 during the same period.
Homes used for vacation, investment. Forty-seven percent of all international buyers purchased homes exclusively for vacation, while 22 percent were motivated primarily by investment. Nearly a third of foreign buyers cited both vacation and investment as reasons for their purchase. International homeowners spent an average of 4.2 months of the year in their U.S. property in 2006.
Buyers from Mexico most prevalent. A third of all international buyers are from Europe, but buyers from Asia and North America (outside the United States) each represent about one-fourth of the total market. Sixteen percent of all international buyers are from Latin America. By individual country, most buyers come from Mexico (13 percent), the United Kingdom (12 percent) and Canada (11 percent).
Florida leads the pack. Foreign buyers purchase homes across the United States, but 52 percent of sales in 2006 were concentrated in three states: Florida (26 percent), California (16 percent), and Texas (10 percent). The South attracted nearly half – 49 percent – of international buyers last year, while 31 percent purchased homes in the West.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Bargain Hunting for Condos
Thinking of retiring to a formerly hot market? The slowdown has made parts of the Sunbelt a lot more affordable. Eugenia Levenson of Fortune Magazine presents a guide to finding the best deals in Naples. June 15, 2007.
It is just a 2 hour drive from Miami, but Naples is another world, as famous for its sun-drenched beaches as it is for the high-society snowbirds who fill them. The tiny resort town attracts everyone from retired NFL coaches, basked ball players, baseball players, golf pros, TV personalities and former auto execs. Judge Judy, Ted Turner, Mike Ditka, Marty Schottenheimer, Larry Bird, Ted Turner or maybe it's Jane Fonda, Greg Norman, Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg to name a few.
During the real estate boom, Naples regularly landed at the top of housing analysts. overpriced market list. Last year a chill fell over this pristine town and its expansive golf courses. Pending condo sales dropped 43% from the first quarter to the fourth and the median prices fell 17% as buyers chose to wait out the frenzy.
But some experts say the market is starting to stabilize. While there is still excess inventory-a 36 month supply of new condos, plus another 42 months worth of existing units for sale-construction has halted and the glut is mostly in the lower end of the market. (Yes, Naples has a low end.) That means now might be the time for the skittish to come off the sidelines.
And buyers may be doing just that: Baker says three $2 million condos sold in the Aria last month. "The savvy second-home buyer is seeing that this is a good time," says Naples Area Board of Realtors President Spencer Haynes. "There is choice now and they might be able to negotiate a better deal. "For this ritzy enclave, that kind of opportunity doesn't come around often."