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Report: Fewer Homes for Sale Available on the South Florida Real Estate Market

South Florida real estate for saleAvailable homes for sale on the South Florida real estate market have decreased significantly year-over-year, according to a recent article I read.

The Palm Beach Post reported that the available inventory of homes for sale was down 34 percent in September when compared to September 2011.

This is fantastic news for South Florida home sellers in such communities as Golden Beach and Sunny Isles who are hoping to get a great price on their property.

South Florida Homes for Sale

Here’s an overview of recent activity on the South Florida real estate market, according to the real estate analysis firm Zillow:

  • High-priced homes for sale in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties were down 34.4 percent year-over-year.
  • Meanwhile, inventory of homes in the lower-priced tiers were down 33 percent.
  • In that same period, the national inventory of homes for sale has decreased by 19 percent.
  • In Palm Beach County, the inventory of single-family homes had fallen to less than five months in August.
  • When compared to August 2011, Palm Beach County’s home inventory has fallen 57 percent.

On the same day that Zillow released its report, the company RealtyTrac reported that Florida saw the most foreclosure activity in September.

Although some are concerned this may cause a drop in home prices as these foreclosed homes are sold, experts say that it’s more likely that these homes will more than likely be short-sold, which will help preserve prices.

List Your South Florida Home for Sale Today!

As I noted earlier, a drop in available homes for sale is a great sign for interested South Florida home sellers.

That’s because the low supply of available homes will spur even greater home buyer demand, which will ultimately drive up prices.

Thus, if you’re thinking about listing your South Florida property anytime soon, now is a great time to do so!

For expert tips on navigating the market as a South Florida home seller, please contact me, Scott Patterson.

I have years of experiencing helping home owners sell their properties in a number of local communities, including:

Until next time,

Scott

South Florida Home Owners to Learn Their Proposed Property Taxes for 2012 Soon

South Florida home owners recently found out what their proposed property taxes will be for 2012, according to a recent article in the Miami Herald.

The Miami-Dade Property Appraiser sent out more than one million TRIM notices to property owners recently.

These notices lay out how much the county believes a South Florida property is worth, which is quite important to home owners, home buyers and home sellers.

South Florida Real Estate for Sale

No matter whether you’re buying or selling a piece of South Florida real estate – TRIM notices are important.

For home sellers, the county’s valuation of a piece of real estate is ultimately factored in to how much they will pay for taxes.

Property owners will have until September 18 to file an appeal of the valuation with the Value Adjustment Board.

Tax bills connected with the new valuation will be sent out by Nov. 1.

Here’s an overview of what the TRIM notices revealed:

  • In Miami-Dade, the tax roll increased by 1.98 percent, after 3 years of declines.
  • In Broward County, the tax roll increased by 1.5 percent on average.
  • Broken down further, about 24 cities saw increases and seven saw declines.

Buying and Selling South Florida Real Estate

Whether you’re thinking about buying or selling South Florida real estate, you’ll want to have the latest information about TRIM notices in the area.

So contact me, Scott Patterson, for expert advice and helpful information on any one of the following real estate markets in South Florida:

Until next time,

Scott

Foreclosure Numbers Down on the South Florida Real Estate Market

Over the last couple of years, South Florida has gained a reputation for its many foreclosed homes.  But recent data suggests that that reputation is becoming increasingly inaccurate.

Foreclosures in South Florida dropped by more than 50 percent during the first quarter of 2011 when compared with that same period in 2010.

The greatest drop in foreclosures was seen in Broward County.

Statewide, foreclosures rates dropped by 32 percent year-over-year in the first quarter.

South Florida Real Estate

There have been steep and steady decreases in  foreclosure filings in South Florida since last fall, suggesting that the real estate market is recovering.

Here’s an overview of each of the three South Florida Counties:

  • In Broward County, foreclosures in the first quarter of 2011 dropped by 68 percent year-over-year, to 6,876 foreclosures.
  • In Miami-Dade County, foreclosures in the first quarter of 2011 dropped by 64 percent year-over-year, to 7,257 foreclosures.
  • In Palm Beach County, foreclosures in the first quarter of 2011 dropped by 57 percent year-over-year, to 4,734 foreclosures.

Investing in South Florida Real Estate

While it’s true that foreclosures are not viewed as a positive thing by interested South Florida home sellers, they can be a great opportunity for South Florida home buyers.

After all, South Florida foreclosures drive down home prices, which creates a South Florida home buyer’s market.

There truly are some great deals to be found on the South Florida real estate market right now.

But as foreclosures continue to decrease, home prices are expected to begin to rise again as we are already seeing in the market today.  Especially in many waterfront communities.

Thus, if you’re thinking about entering the South Florida real estate market as a South Florida home buyer, now is a great time to do so!

Contact me, Scott Patterson, today and I’ll let you know about available listings in the area as well as answer any questions you might have.

I’ll also provide you with a number of helpful South Florida home buying resources, including:

Until next time,

Scott

South Florida Real Estate Market Praised by National Government

The Federal Reserve recently recognized the South Florida real estate market for its home resale market, according to a recent article in the Miami Herald.

The recognition was part of a larger report completed by the Federal Reserve in which they said the economy is expanding fairly steadily in most of the country, although some regions are showing negative growth.

Continue reading to learn more about the Federal Reserve’s predictions for the national economy as well as how South Florida home owners will be affected.

South Florida Real Estate Market Update

Although much of the South has demonstrated slowed growth, Florida actually stood out for its home resale market.

The report noted that Florida home sales are doing remarkably well and keeping at a pace that’s enviable. Real Estate market’s are very area specific and development specific, 31% of Florida sales are cash transactions but South Florida has a far higher percentage of cash transactions due to the higher number of International Buyers.

The report also found that leading economists predict that the national economy will expand at about 2.7 percent a year.

Although a complete economic recovery likely is still a ways away, it’s nice to know that the South Florida real estate market is standing out to the national government as an industry that is doing better than most.
This is definitely good news for South Florida home sellers as it shows them that there is movement on the South Florida real estate market and there are interested South Florida home buyers.

Selling Your South Florida Home

Have you been thinking about entering the South Florida real estate market as a South Florida home seller?

As a South Florida real estate expert, I will put together an aggressive marketing plan to ensure that we sell your home at the best price possible in as little time as possible.

To learn more about how I help South Florida home sellers, check out some of my FREE South Florida home selling resources, including:

Until next time,

Scott

South Florida Real Estate Market Update for June

Several South Florida cities saw increases in their property values in 2010, according to a recent article in The Miami Herald.

Although property values for both commercial and residential real estate are still down in Miami-Dade and Broward counties for 2010, they’re still doing considerably better than in 2008 or 2009.

Continue reading to learn more about how specific South Florida communities stacked up in terms of property values.

South Florida Property Values

According to the most recent data:

  • 10 municipalities in Miami-Dade County saw increases in value in 2010.  In contrast, all 37 municipalities saw decreases in value in 2009.
  • Downtown Miami saw the largest year-over-year value increases in South Florida.  The community’s tax base grew by 10.9 percent in 2010.  In 2009, Downtown Miami’s tax base decreased by 11.2 percent.
  • In 2009, new construction in downtown Miami was valued at $362 million.  In 2010, that value had climbed to $1.4 billion.
  • Key Biscayne’s taxable property value grew by 1.5 percent.
  • Sunny Isle’s taxable property value grew by 2.9 percent.
  • Pinecrest’s taxable property value grew by 0.8 percent.
  • New construction in Miami-Dade County fell from $2.7 billion to $1.5 billion.
  • New construction in Broward County also fell, from $1.5 billion to $633 million.
  • Homestead taxable property value fell by 9.6 percent. Still, that’s considerably better than in 2009, when property values in Homestead dropped by more than 31 percent.
  • Florida City’s taxable property value fell by 15.4 percent.

According to most South Florida real estate analysts, the recent numbers suggest that the South Florida real estate market has weathered the worst of the recent housing bust, but a complete recovery might not be for several months or even years.

Investing in South Florida Real Estate

Now is actually a fantastic time to invest in South Florida real estate.

Why? Because South Florida home values are still fractions of what they used to be before the South Florida housing bubble burst.

Thus, South Florida home buyers have the opportunity to get a great deal on a piece of South Florida real estate before prices start climbing.

If you’re interested in investing in South Florida real estate, then contact me, Scott Patterson.

As your South Florida real estate expert, I’ll answer any questions you might have about the South Florida real estate market as well as tell you about all of  South Florida neighborhoods, including:

Until next time,

Scott

Several New South Florida Condominiums Planned

The Related Group, a prominent Miami-based developer, plans to break ground on six new high rise condominiums in the next year, according to a recent article in the Miami Herald.

The development group recently created a new partnership with Miami-based marketing firm International Sales Group.

The partnership, now called Related ISG, plans to market the six new condominiums to international buyers, particularly those living in Latin America.

Purchasing a South Florida Condominium For Sale

According to the article in The Miami Herald, Related ISG’s strategy is to focus on those buyers who invest with nothing but cash. The company hopes such investments will help pay for much of the construction costs upfront.

Although most of the details about the projects are unknown, the developer did provide locations of the proposed six condos:

  • Two will be built in the Brickell neighborhood of Miami
  • One will be a waterfront condominium community in North Miami
  • Two will be waterfront condominium communities in the Hallandale and Hollywood area.

Although the South Florida real estate market has struggled with a number of homes underwater as well as a large inventory of unsold condominiums, Related ISG said that the high demand for South Florida real estate by Latin American investors as well as recent strong condo sales justify the company’s plans.

And according to one estimate, buyers will pay as much as 80 percent of the purchase price before the building has ever been completed.  This minimizes the risk that these new condominiums will go into foreclosure, said spokespeople from Related ISG.

Thinking About Investing in a South Florida Condominium for Sale?

Now is a fantastic time to do so!

Contact me,  Scott Patterson, today to talk with me about all of the  luxury condominiums in the various South Florida communities, including:

Until next time,

Scott

Affordability on South Florida Real Estate Market is Breaking Records

I recently read a rather interesting article in The Palm Beach Post that discussed the record-breaking affordability on South Florida homes for sale.

Evidently, affordability on Palm Beach County homes for sale reached a new high during the first quarter of 2011.

Palm Beach County isn’t the only county that’s enjoying this record-breaking affordability.  Broward County as well as Miami-Dade County are also experiencing fantastic affordability on their homes for sale.

Purchasing A South Florida Home for Sale

There is a lot of data on the South Florida real estate market that illustrate just how affordable South Florida homes are right now:

  • A median-income family in South Florida could have purchased 77.5 percent of all the homes sold in the first quarter of 2011.
  • According to the National Association of Home Builders, the last time homes were this affordable in Palm Beach County was in early 1999, when a median-income family in South Florida could have purchased 77.4 percent of all the homes sold that year.
  • In comparison, a median-income family in South Florida could have only afforded about 30 percent of Palm Beach County homes during the real estate boom.

So what exactly is causing this great affordability in South Florida? A few factors are at play right now, including:

  • Low home prices
  • Steady incomes
  • Low mortgage rates

And even though home sales have picked up in recent months, it hasn’t caused prices to rise like they did during the housing boom a couple of years ago.

This is great news for South Florida home buyers looking for a deal on the South Florida real estate market.

Navigating the South Florida Real Estate Market

There’s never been a better time to be a South Florida home buyer.   With record low interest rates and low South Florida list prices, there’s a good chance that you’ll find an amazing deal on a South Florida home for sale.

As a South Florida real estate expert, I am experienced working in several of the area real estate markets, including:

Until next time,

Scott

South Florida Real Estate Market Update

Last time I discussed with you a trend on the South Florida real estate market in which home prices are dropping and South Florida home buyer interest is rising.

Today I’d like to discuss with you a recent report by Zillow.com that further breaks down the drop in South Florida home prices.

Zillow.com is a Seattle-based company that studies real estate trends all across the country.

South Florida Homes for Sale

According to the recent report by Zillow.com, South Florida home values decreased by 12.8 percent during the first quarter of 2011 when compared to the first quarter of 2010.

Compared with the 25 largest metropolitan areas, the South Florida area (which includes Palm Beach County, Broward County and Miami-Dade County) ranked number five for steepest drops in home values.

Detroit and Atlanta tied for the largest annual decline in home values at 17.3 percent.

Here’s what else the real estate website reported about our South Florida real estate market:

  • South Florida home values have dropped to 2002 levels.
  • Miami-Dade and Broward County home values are less than half of what they were five years ago.

And although Zillow.com previously predicted that the national housing market would bottom out by late 2011, experts are now saying that the housing market won’t bottom out until 2012.

Since Florida’s housing market crashed before much of the rest of the country, my prediction is that our housing market will bottom out earlier than that.

Purchasing a South Florida Home for Sale

The news from Zillow.com is likely grim news for South Florida home sellers looking to get a great price for their South Florida home for sale.

But for South Florida home buyers, conditions are just right to enter the South Florida real estate market.

For more information contact me today to further discuss your options on the South Florida real estate market as a South Florida home buyer.

Feel free to browse some of our amazing residential communities in South Florida online.  These include:

Until next time,

Scott

Brazilians Play a Major Role in the South Florida Real Estate Market, Reports Show

Brazilians are playing an increasingly important role on the South Florida real estate market, according to recent South Florida real estate market data.

Although Brazilians have been investing in Miami real estate since at least the 1990s, there seems to have been an increase in recent years.

This trend is partly because of the favorable currency conversion rate as well as increased Brazilian spending power, experts say.

Here are some more recent findings as they relate to Brazilian home buyers on the South Florida real estate market:

  • According to a recent Franklin Templeton survey of foreign investors,  70 percent of  Brazilians surveyed said they plan to invest money overseas this year.
  • Miami is ranked 8th for foreign investment in real estate in the United States.  New York, Washington, DC, Boston and San Francisco are the top places for foreign investment.

Investing in South Florida Real Estate

In addition to a favorable conversion rate, there are plenty of reasons to explain why so many Brazilians are choosing to invest in South Florida real estate:

Purchasing a South Florida Home or Condo for Sale

Have you recently been considering relocating to South Florida? If so, you’ll want an experience South Florida REALTOR to guide you through the process.

Contact me, Scott Patterson, today to learn more about all of the South Florida home buyer resources we offer to South Florida home buyers, including:

Until next time,

Scott

New South Florida Real Estate Website Unveiled to Help South Florida Home Buyers and Sellers

I  have some exciting news for interested South Florida home buyers and home sellers. We recently redesigned our website to make it easier for you to navigate the South Florida real estate market!

Here’s a look at some of the features we recently added or improved:

Personalized South Florida Real Estate Service

I strive to give every interested South Florida home buyer and home seller the best service possible.   That’s why we also added some of these social features to our website that helps us stay connected to you:

Thinking About Entering the South Florida Real Estate Market?

With our newly designed website, it’s never been easier to navigate the South Florida Real Estate market!

Contact me, Scott Patterson, your Aventura area real estate expert today, to learn more about what we can do for you.

Until next time,

Scott