Category Archives: Short Sales

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

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

Short Sale a Home In South Florida – Free Advice

Short Sales in South Florida require a lot of patience, time and energy but when all parties collaborate it can be beneficial to all involved. Below is an outline of some basic but imperative steps to follow that have demonstrated to be beneficial for me in overcoming some of the many obstacles short sales present.

South Florida Short Sales – The Sellers side:

  1. Be patient, diligent, organized and persistent
  2. Whatever you do, do NOT avoid your lender. Be frank with them about your situation
  3. Keep open lines of communication with your listing agent and real estate attorney as they will play key roles in moving the process along
  4. Gather the following:
    • Last 2 years Tax returns
    • Copies of most recent Bank Statements for all your accounts (3 months to be safe), proof of income and assets
    • Write a Hardship Letter, a letter explaining the reason behind your current financial situation with supporting documents such as medical bills, death certificate, divorce decree, etc.
    • Give your lender authorization to speak with your Realtor and Aventura real estate attorney
  5. Execute a sales contract on your South Florida property (Most important part of a short sale)
  6. Have your attorney prepare an Estimate of Closing Costs in the form of a HUD 1
  7. You are now ready to send a complete package to your lender with all of the above mentioned. (There is no such thing as a pre-approved “short sale”, if there is no sales contract there is nothing to discuss)

Short Sales in South Florida – The Buyers side:

  1. Be patient, diligent, organized, persistent and ready to close.
  2. Keep open lines of communication with your Realtor and attorney as they will play key roles in moving the process along.
  3. Present a clean typed out offer with no financing contingency and with all the required addendum’s. Make the best and strongest offer you can make. Remember there are multi-levels of approvals and conditions are usually required.
  4. Have your attorney review the contract and estimated HUD prepared by the Sellers attorney.
  5. Have a licensed Home inspector inspect the subject property.
  6. Have your Realtor provide a letter outlining your strengths as a Buyer and furnish data concerning current market conditions.

Short Selling A Home In South Florida – Make Sure It’s Complete

It is very important to send a complete package because missing information will delay the processing of your request. Keep in mind that lenders are overwhelmed and they look at thousand of files and will only grasp the packages that look well put together and are likely to close. You have to make a strong case by having your Realtor submit a comparative market analysis including market conditions. Remember Lenders are not in the business to own real estate.

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