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South Florida Home Sales Prices Up While Foreclosures Rate Dropped

South Florida Home Sales Prices Up While Foreclosures Rate DroppedThe average home sales price and the number of houses sold in South Florida had risen significantly year-after-year as per the data collected by groups of local realtors.

Here are the statistics:
• In counties like Miami-Dade, single family sales rose by 14.1% in February 2015 in comparison to February 2014. The same was up by almost 2% while compared to January 2015.
• Condo sales grew by 1.3% year-over-year while the same grew by more than 10% compared to January 2015.
• Inventory also grew year-over-over. Number of single family houses on market in Miami-Dade rose by 3.5%; it rose from 6113 active listings in 2014 to 6330 in February 2015.
• Condo inventory grew by 12% growing from 10,723 listings to 12,023.
• The situation is same in Broward County too. Single family home sales were up by more than 6% year-over-year while condo sales grew by 1.3%.
• Overall single family home listings rose by 1.2% and the condo listings were up by more than 6% while compared to last year.
• Overall real estate market in South Florida has been developing stably from the time it started tanking during recession. Single family home sales grew by more than 18% year-over-year while condo sales grew by almost 7.5%.
• Average prices also improved locally. In Miami-Dade, average single family home sales prices augmented to over $245,000 which showed about a 7.7% growth from 2014’s figure. On the other hand, average condo sales prices rose to almost $188,000, up by more or less 6.7%.
• In the mean time, cash sales were down from 2014’s figure, falling from 62% of all transactions in February’14 to 59% of all transactions in February 2015.
• Overseas homebuyers who have been playing an important role in Miami’s real estate recovery and growth are eager to pay in cash. A strong dollar and dipping foreign currencies have undermined the capacity of the foreigners to purchase real estate in Miami. Nationwide, almost 26% of all sales were cash deals in last month which reflected the significance of foreign money to Miami’s recent real estate growth.

Florida foreclosures rate dropped
Foreclosure rate for homes in Florida dropped by almost half in January, 2015 in comparison to the same time of 2014. And that is a prominent sign that Florida’s real estate market has picked up from the disastrous shock of nationwide recession as well as financial crisis.

Here are those statistics:
• Florida foreclosed homes figure fell to 3.8% in January 2015 down from about 6.3% in January 2014.
• Overall foreclosure inventory continues to decline in all the states over last 12 months. Florida significantly saw a decline of about 50% year-after-year.
• The rate of foreclosed homes in Florida ranked third after New Jersey and New York.
• Florida saw almost 111,320 foreclosures in 2014. About 9% home foreclosures are supposed to be in severe delinquency. That means they are 3 months or even more past due as revealed by a survey report by a renowned real estate company. While nationwide, the rate of foreclosure fell to 1.3% down from 2%.

The above discussion shows Florida’s overall real estate growth. Its pleasant weather and low cost of living are most important criteria behind this growth.

Author Bio:
Alex Brain is a real estate marketing specialist in Florida. If you have enjoyed this article on real estate, visit the author’s website at http://agentace.com. Agentace helps you find the best real estate agents in your area.

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Global Wealth and the State of Florida’s Residential Markets

This House was Recently built on the Gated Oyster Bay Harbour Community in Fernandina Beach, Florida

On the same day that I read that there are 11 million households worldwide with incomes of $1 million or more, and 4.7 million of them are in the U.S.,  I reviewed the Census Bureau’s report that Florida leads the Nation in the number of vacant homes; 1.6 million to be accurate, or 18% of the total residential market here in the Sunshine State.
Putting these two observations into the melting pot I call my brain, the flood of thoughts that follow rapidly format a structure of more questions.

My first and foremost question is: What does this mean for Nassau County, where sales have been up recently. In order to get to a clearer picture I discard all the useless additional information that comes with a Census Bureau report, such as the fact that it is a rise of 63% of the past 10 years, because that number does not take into consideration all the shifts and changes we have witnessed in those 10 years.

So I do my own research that clarifies that if 18% vacancy represents 1.6 million homes, Florida has a total inventory of 8,888,888 homes. Even though there is some dispute about the size of Florida’s population currently, I’ll insert a high 19 million for now, although other numbers have the population decreased to 16 million in recent years. At 19 million however this means that we have a home available for every 2.14 residents in this state. The average family size in the US is according to the same Census Bureau 3.14. Using “simple” mathematics, this would calculate and translate, that 6,050,955 houses in Florida would suffice to put a roof over every state resident’s head, given the Nation’s average family size.

This now would leave a vacancy number of 2,837,933 (8,888,888-/-6,050,955 – just in case you ask) homes or almost 32% of the total inventory, or equal to the numbers seen around Naples. Yes, of course I’m mocking the statistics used to build a story of general anxiety. General statistics are dangerous if you let them define your life’s decisions.

A bit more balanced view on Florida Vacancies; no mention of Nassau County either

Statistics as in this case create misplaced attitudes;
• first it established a general picture that Florida as a whole is hurting more than other states,
• secondly it establishes that homes can be get at super bargain prices all over the State and have not reached bottom by a far stretch;
• thirdly it establishes that the mere thought of investing in Florida real estate across the board, should get you committed to a mental institution.
How else would you react to the following statements from “experts” in their ivory towers.

For example Celia Chen, a housing market analyst for Moody’s Analytics, is downbeat in her forecasts for Florida. Not only will prices fall another 11%, she said, but the bottom won’t hit until mid-2012, about a year later than the nation as a whole. Some metro areas won’t get back to their pre-recession peaks until long after the present owners are old and gray.
“If you’re buying in Florida for retirement,” said Ingo Winzer, a housing market analyst and founder of Local Market Monitor, “maybe you buy next year when prices will be near the bottom. If you’re buying for investment — don’t”, followed by another statement that shines in all its vagueness: “The housing recovery will take years, perhaps many years, to complete.”

Ms. Chen, with her exceptional crystal ball, doesn’t expect Naples, for example, to come all the way back until the late 2030s. Other Florida metro areas with a 20-year wait or longer include Punta Gorda, Palm Bay and North Port. Yet, asked who is buying, they all agree that the Rich are buying, essentially defying their earlier assessment, that buying for investment would be stupid.

The rich are not rich because they’re stupid. They buy because Florida is much more than just real estate; Florida is a lifestyle that has attracted 7 decades of population growth, before a Wall Street manufactured recession put an end to that and retirees with cheap mortgages had to move back home up north, followed by construction people that had no work anymore.

In those decades before the crash, construction and everything indirectly related from home improvement to gardening, to transportation etc. etc. became the leading employer. With construction way down, Florida caught much more of the recessionary misery than most other states. But Florida’s exceptional qualities in climate, infrastructural layout and population mix, will make the state recover and diversify long before the rest of the union has the answers to adjusting to a new paradigm of economics.

Something all of us here in Northeast Florida and Nassau and Duval Counties already know. The new Florida is up here, where the economy is already attractively diversified and we still enjoy the benefits that make Florida special.

And the wealthy of the world know that. You could have witnessed that two weeks ago when they came from all corners of the World to buy classic and antique vehicles at the Concours d’Elégance. The rich hate one thing more than taxes and that is cold and nasty weather. Guess what!