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New Condo Proposals Abound Right Now in South Florida

South Florida condosAn interesting trend has happened recently on the South Florida real estate market. Evidently, condo developers have been enthusiastically proposing new projects lately, proposing an average of almost 1,000 new units monthly for the tri-county coastal region since October 2012.

This is not only a sign that developers are feeling optimistic about the economy but also a sign that there’s about to be some incredible new real estate available in South Florida!

Real Estate for Sale in South Florida

According to the recent article I was reading in The Miami Herald, it has only taken roughly 10 months for developers to propose 20,000 new units in Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Here’s what else the recent article revealed:

  • Since the fourth quarter of 2012, developers announced nearly 90 new buildings with a combined 9,500 units in South Florida.
  • At least three additional condo high rises with an estimated 1,200 units in the planning stages.
  • All put together, South Florida could ave at least 145 towers and nearly 20,700 units proposed for Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.
  • The last South Florida condo boom of this magnitude started in 2003 and ultimately resulted in 245 towers and almost 49,000 units in the region.
  • Miami-Dade County has the largest concentration of proposed projects with more than 90 towers and nearly 15,285 units planned.
  • Broward County has 26 towers and less than 2,125 units proposed.
  • Palm Beach County is a third with 23 towers and nearly 2,100 units proposed.
  • Broken down further, the Hollywood and Hallandale Beach market in Southeast Broward County has proposed 11 towers with nearly 1,450 condo units.
  • Sunny Isles Beach on the barrier island in Northeast Miami-Dade County has proposed 10 towers and nearly 1,200 units slated to be developed.
  •  West Palm Beach has proposed seven towers and nearly 1,170 units
  • The city of Miami Beach has proposed with 17 towers and nearly 1,100 units.
  • And Bal Harbour, Surfside, and Bay Harbor Islands market in Northeast Miami-Dade County have proposed 14 condo towers with nearly 1,000 units.

Part of the reason that developers are moving so fast to develop new condos is because the inventory of available condo buildings is dwindling fast.

Experts predict that the current supply of existing condos for sale could be exhausted by the second half of 2014.

Some of the projects that developers are proposing include:

  • A 713-foot-tall tower with at least 60 stories at 600 Biscayne Blvd.
  • A 710-foot-tall tower with at least 60 stories at 700 Biscayne Blvd
  • A 610-foot-tall tower with 55 stories at 24 SW 4th St. on the north bank of the Miami River.

Still, despite all this talk about new South Florida developments, these companies have a large hurdle to overcome first: getting loans from the banks, which have tightened their lending policies in recent years.

That’s why experts believe that it is those developers who can drum up sufficient support from would-be condo buyers that will ultimately find success on the South Florida real estate market.

South Florida Condos for Sale

What do you think of the recent flurry of activity on the South Florida condo market? I would love to hear your thoughts!

In the meantime, if you’re thinking about investing in a South Florida condo, please contact me, Scott Patterson.

I’ll be happy to assist you by letting you know about available condos for sale, answering any questions you may have as well as telling you about nearby condo communities in such communities as:

  • Aventura, Florida
  • Hallandale, Florida
  • Davie, Florida

Until next time,

Scott

 

How Rising Interest Rates Are Expected to Affect South Florida

Mortgage CalculatorRecently, during the month of June, mortgage interest rates moved into the 4 percent range.

This is higher than it’s been in the last several months, in which prospective home buyers all across the nation have seen rates drop as low as 3.25 percent.

So with interest rates rising again, how exactly is this going to affect the South Florida real estate market? Today, we’re going to analyze this and let you know.

South Florida homes for Sale

As many experts have noted recently, the slight increase in interest rates has encouraged many would-be buyers to finally enter the market before the rates rise even more.

This is interesting in itself given that just a decade ago, it was perfectly normal to see a 6 percent interest rate or a 9.5 percent interest rates.

But in recent years, buyers have grown accustomed to record-low interest rates.

Experts calculate that home buyers will see a 6 percent jump in monthly payments for every 0.5 point increase in the overall interest rate.

When rates first rise, home buyers worry they’re going to rise more and so there’s a surge in buying activity.

But as rates steadily rise, experts predict that purchase levels will start to decline.

In summarizing recent activity related to rising interest rates, one analyst recently said in an interview that he believes the South Florida real estate market is going to see interest rates continue to rise.

Barring some significant international economic disaster, he said residents should see rates rise to 5 or 5.5 percent soon.

But, as he noted, even those rates are incredibly good, albeit not as good as they’ve been in last 12 months.

Real Estate for Sale in South Florida

So home buyers, while you might have missed the absolute best deal available in terms of interest rates, there are still fantastic mortgages out there for you at incredible prices.

To take the next step toward making the most of this great time to be a South Florida home buyer, contact me, Scott Patterson.

I’ll be more than happy to assist you with all of your home-buying needs!

Until next time,

Scott

Property Insurance Reform to Affect South Florida Waterfront Real Estate Owners

South Florida insurance ratesThe Business Journal recently had an interesting article about how the state’s reforms to Citizens Property Insurance Corp. will ultimately have a huge effect on those living on South Florida’s coasts.

For those of you who aren’t aware, Citizens Property Insurance Corp is a state-run insurer.

According to the recent legislation that the state government approved, protocol for Citizens Property has changed to help reduce enrollment, which officials say will make it less vulnerable during a storm.

This is sure to have a large impact on waterfront property owners all of South Florida!

What South Florida Home Owners Should Know About the Law Change

Under the recent change, residents will be limited to 10 percent annual premium hikes, although new enrollees would have to pass through a number of other insurers before choosing Citizens.

Experts are saying that because of this change, rates will increase overtime since homeowners would need to select private coverage within 15 percent of that offered by Citizens.

Eventually, more insurance providers will be attracted to the area, experts say.

As soon as the Citizens reform was passed, shares from the Fort Lauderdale-based Unviersity Insurance Holdings increased to its highest level in a year.

Universal Insurance Holdings is the largest private insurer in Florida.

Here’s how else the reform will affect circumstances in Florida: Some experts believe Citizens’ policy limit reductions will cause the maximum coverage to decrease from $2 million to $1 million, eventually falling to $700,000.

Some experts think the changes are coming at a bad time and may curb the housing market recovery in South Florida.

After all, investors may think twice if they’re forced to choose private insurance with higher premiums, experts say.

That could in turn call the housing market recovery to slow down or stop altogether.

What’s more, the reform forbids Citizens from covering new coastal construction after July 1, 2014. This may have a direct impact on such South Florida coastal communities.

Still, some experts say the changes to coastal construction coverage may actually end up benefiting the less expensive condominiums in Brickell and Downtown Miami.

South Florida Luxury Real Estate For Sale

What do you make of the recent legislative changes concerning Citizens Property Insurance Corp?

I am always happy to offer straight-forward advice and providing you with such useful home-selling resources as:

Until next time,

Scott

 

Miami-Dade County, Florida Real Estate is Booming!

Things are continuing to look up for the South Florida real estate market, according to the most recent data released.

Evidently, more and more investors are coming to South Florida to get a piece of the action – which in turn is strengthening our local housing market.

Miami, Florida Area Homes for Sale

According to the most recent article I read in the Miami-Herald, plenty of private equity firms in the area are snatching up prime South Florida real estate lately.

For example, Fort Capital recently purchased the historic Surf Club in Surfside. It is expected to be revitalized and later sold.

That’s what the company did after it bought most of the Capri South Beach along with other coveted pieces of South Florida real estate.

Experts say that the South Florida market is getting hotter and hotter, with demand rising.

This is particularly true in the hotel arena, where investors are buying and building hotels left and right!

The latest activity reflects a national trend in which the lodging industry is expected to spend more than $5 billion this year on upgrades that range from redesigned lobbies to additional fitness centers and restaurants.

Here in South Florida, some of the more specific drivers to this recent hotel boom include rising tourism numbers, scarcity of available land and more lenient lending policies.

Here’s what else you should know about the South Florida hotel industry:

  • Through September, hotels in Miami-Dade were more than 76 percent full, which is up slightly from the same period a year before.
  • Room rates in South Florida increased by 7 percent to almost $163.
  • Revenue per available room in South Florida also grew by about 8 percent year-over-year to $124.55.
  • Hotel transactions volume is expected to be about $650 million in the county this year, up 13 increase when compared to 2011

You may be thinking to yourself – that’s great but what exactly does this mean for the South Florida residential housing market?

Since everything is inter-connected, more interest and investments in the South Florida hotel market will likely lead to more interest and investments in the South Florida real estate market as well!

Your South Florida Real Estate Expert

To learn more about how the current hotel industry boom here in South Florida will benefit the local residential housing market, please contact me, Scott Patterson.

I’ll also be happy to assist you with all of your home-buying and home-selling needs on any one of the following South Florida real estate markets:

Until next time,

Scott

Now is the Time to Become a Harbor Islands Resident in South Florida!

Hollywood Florida listingsOver the last several weeks, I’ve been telling you a little bit about the Harbor Islands neighborhood on the Hollywood, Florida real estate market.

If you’ve reached a point where you’re interested in becoming a current resident in this elite residential community, then today’s South Florida real estate blog is just for you!

Today, I’m going to tell you about the various active listings in this community.

Hollywood Homes for Sale

No matter what price range you’re in, there is likely a home for you in the Harbor Islands community.

That’s because this diverse neighborhood features numerous distinctive enclaves – which run the gambit from luxury town homes to stately single-family homes.

Thus, if you’re in the market for a single-family home, you’ll be pleased to learn there are currently 29 listings in Harbor Islands – ranging in price from $580,000 to $3,850,000.

While single-family homes are certainly the largest search category when it comes to Harbor Islands, there are also plenty of options for those looking for a townhome.

In fact, there are currently 6 active listings in Harbor Islands for townhomes. These properties tend to range in price from $499,000 to $1,349,000.

Even if you’re not in the market to buy a property, there are still opportunities for you to become a resident of this Hollywood community thanks to four available rental homes in the community.

These properties tend to cost anywhere from $5,500 per month to $8,500 per month.

Your South Florida REALTOR

If while browsing the available listings mentioned above you find one you’re really interested in, please don’t hesitate to contact me, Scott Patterson.

I’ll be happy to provide you with additional information about these listings, answer any questions you may have and even schedule a showing for you!

For now, please take some time to browse some of my online home-buying resources, which include:

Until next time,

Scott

South Florida Real Estate Market Recovery Ranked Best in the Nation

South Florida real estate salesThe South Florida real estate market is experiencing a larger bounce back than most housing markets around the nation.

Evidently, Palm Beach County, Broward County and Miami-Dade County are all seeing major jumps in their median sales price – making them some of the fastest improving markets in the country!

This is obviously great news for luxury South Florida home sellers who are hoping to get a respectable price for their South Florida property!

South Florida Home Sales

Here’s a breakdown of recent South Florida real estate market activity:

  • Broward County’s median price was $127,000, up 21 percent from the year before.
  • During that previous year, the median sales price in Broward County was $105,000.
  • That jump in Broward County was the highest jump of any housing market in the nation!
  • In Miami Dade County, the median sales price was $165,000, up 20 percent from the year before.
  • During that previous year, the median price in Miami-Dade was $138,000.

Although a lot of South Florida homes lost nearly half their value during the housing crisis, experts are now saying that the market is bouncing back from that drop.

Helping the situation is a lot of demand from investors as well as a shrinking supply of available South Florida homes for sale.

Rising rental prices are also driving more home buyers to the market.

List Your South Florida Home on the Market Now

South Florida home sellers who have been hesitant to list their home on the market in recent years can start doing so with confidence.

After all, given the recent data, it appears that home sales prices in the area are on a steady climb.

For help listing your home on the South Florida real estate market, please contact me, Scott Patterson.

I’m an experienced area REALTOR who can help you set the right list price on your home and create an effective marketing plan tailored to you.

For now, be sure to browse some of my online home-selling resources, such as:

Until next time,

Scott

South Florida Commercial Real Estate Market Showing Signs of Improvement

The South Florida commercial real estate market is making great strides – albeit at a slow pace.

Evidently, recent data suggests that office vacancies are on the decline. In addition, regional and national retailers are expanding once again.

This has huge implications to the greater South Florida real estate market. After all, everything is connected when it comes to economics.

Thus, as the commercial real estate market continues to improve, that is only bound to help the residential real estate market continue to improve as well.

Commercial Real Estate in South Florida

According to the recent article I read in the Sun-Sentinel, office vacancies in both Broward County and Palm Beach County are down year-over-year, although they are still relatively high.

Here’s the most recent data on commercial real estate in South Florida:

  • The office vacancy rate in Broward County was 14.3 percent from July to September, down from 14.6 percent a year ago.
  • Meanwhile, Palm Beach County’s vacancy fell from 19.5 percent to 18.7 percent in that same year.
  • Generally speaking, a strong market would have vacancy rates between 8 to 10 percent.
  • During the third quarter of 2012, Broward County’s office rental rates fell from $24.75 to $23.75 when compared year-over-year.
  • Meanwhile, rates in Palm Beach County fell from $26 to $25.75 during that same period.
  • More restaurants and retail shops are leasing space as well.

Although these may seem like small improvements, this recent commercial real estate data suggests that the market is currently experiencing a rather positive trend.

This will pay off on the South Florida real estate market. After all, a more robust commercial real estate market will attract more workers and home buyers to the area – which will in turn create positive growth on the local housing market.

Buying and Selling South Florida Real Estate

If you’re thinking about investing in a piece of South Florida real estate anytime soon, please don’t hesitate to contact me, Scott Patterson.

When you do, I’ll tell you about available South Florida listings as well as offer you such helpful resources as:

Already living in South Florida and considering listing? Contact me today to learn about some of the home-selling resources I offer for free!

Until next time,

Scott

Luxury South Florida Condos Planned for Aventura and Hollywood Florida

Two more luxury condominiums are coming to the South Florida real estate market, according to a recent article I read.

The Miami Herald reported that Property Markets Group is planning luxury condos for both Aventura and Hollywood!

Evidently, PMG is working with the well-respected architect Carlos Otton in planning these new projects.

This is tremendous news for interested South Florida condo buyers who are in the market for a luxury condominium.

Aventura and Hollywood, Florida Condos for Sale

Here’s some additional information about the two condominiums planned for Aventura and Hollywood.

In Hollywood, the 24-unit Sage Beach will feature two-, three- and four-bedroom residences.

These units will all come with private elevators, a plunge pool and grand foyer.

The units at Sage will range from 2,000 to 2,850 square feet and will have an average price per square foot of roughly $650.

In Aventura, PMG is planning a 190-unit condominium community known as ECHO.

This community will feature 2-, 3- and 4- bedroom floor plans with interior designs by Yabu Pushelberg.

In each one of these Aventura condominium units, interested South Florida buyers will find such desirable features as kitchens on each terrace, private elevators, Apple technology-compatible infrastructure and more!

ECHO’s units are expected to range from 1,600 to 4,000 square feet, with an average price per square foot of $550.

Find Your Dream South Florida Condominium Today!

The newest luxury condominiums that are currently in the planning stages are guaranteed to be quite distinctive on the South Florida real estate market!

If you’re interested in learning more about possibly investing at Echo in Aventura or Sage Beach in Hollywood, please contact me, Scott Patterson.

If, however, you’d prefer to continue looking for your dream South Florida residence, please be sure to check out some of these other residential neighborhoods in the area:

Until next time,

Scott

 

More Canadians Flocking to South Florida to Invest in Real Estate

Canadians investing in South FloridaFor the last several years, the focus on the South Florida real estate market in terms of international investors has been on Brazilians.

Now it appears that there’s another country whose citizens are entering the South Florida real estate market en masse: Canada.

According to a recent article I read, more Canadians are coming to the South Florida real estate market on account of a strong Canadian dollar and a weaker American dollar.

Translation: Canadians are seeing this as a prime opportunity to get a great return on their investment.

South Florida Real Estate for Sale

As Canadian baby boomers are looking for a place to invest their dollar, they’re finding a fantastic welcoming in South Florida.

Given the strong Canadian dollar and the already great deals to be found on the South Florida real estate market, it’s an obvious choice, experts say.

In fact, Canadians have become the No. 1 international visitors to Florida and the largest foreign buyers of second homes in the state of Florida, according to recent data.

Broken down further, 3.3 million Canadians visited the state in 2011, up 7 percent from 2010.

During that time, they spent $4 billion, up nearly 14 percent from the year before.

In Broward and Palm Beach counties alone, snowbirds from Canada and other places spent more than $2 billion last year!

This winter season, their tourist spending should rise about 2 percent.

And that’s just in tourism dollars!

Home investment-wise, Canadians are major players on the South Florida real estate market.

This is great news for the South Florida real estate market because these investments are breathing new life and energy into the market and making it more stable and robust.

Invest in South Florida Real Estate Today!

Contact me, Scott Patterson, to learn about the various available listings in such South Florida real estate markets as:

Until next time,

Scott

Hollywood, Florida Real Estate Spotlight on 1270 Hatteras Lane

1270 Hateras_1Embrace the height of luxury living by checking out my newest South Florida real estate listing at 1270 Hatteras Lane in Hollywood, Florida!

This stunning 7,300-square-foot estate features 5 bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms.

It’s currently priced at $1,995,000.

Luxury Living at Its Finest In Hollywood, Florida

Grandiose, immaculate, spacious, elegant: There are many ways to describe our latest listing on Hatteras Lane in Hollywood.

This property features two levels and seamlessly blends relaxed and formal spaces.

On the first level, prospective Hollywood home buyers will discover a covered entry, a two-story foyer, a bedroom suite, royal gold leaf detailed ceilings and a gourmet kitchen with adjoining breakfast room.

Other reception rooms on the ground level include: formal dining, living room, family room and a den with a wet bar.

Each room boasts an excellent attention to detail, which is why you’ll find such fine features as mosaic tiles, custom window treatments, decorative wall niches and more!

Upstairs, interested home buyers will encounter an ornate master bedroom with sitting room and his and her walk-in closets as well as other generous-sized bedrooms.

The grounds of this incredible Hollywood, Florida home offer freshly manicured gardens as well as an extended coral stone patio that includes a covered terrace and pool.

Other features on site include a 3-car garage and a laundry room.

Harbor Islands Estate!

1270 Hatteras Lane HollywoodContact me, Scott Patterson, to learn more about what the home at 1270 Hatteras Lane has to offer you and your family.

When you do, I’ll provide you with additional property information, help you schedule a showing and more!

Until next time,

Scott