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Is Now The Time To Buy Real Estate?

Is Now The Time To Buy Real Estate?

Fortune Magazine’s Leigh Gallagher joins MSNBC’S Morning Joe to reveal the magazine’s latest issue, which suggests that now is the time to buy real estate.

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For more information on real estate in Aventura and the rest of South Florida contact me at (305) 329-4929 or [email protected]


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Real Estate: It’s Time To Buy Again

Real Estate:  It’s Time To Buy AgainReal Estate

A recent CNNMoney.com article posted by Shawn Tully, senior editor-at-large, declares:

Forget stocks. Don’t bet on gold.  After four years of plunging home prices, the most attractive asset class in America is housing.

“… I’ve never seen a shortage of new construction like the one I’m seeing today,” declares Mike Castleman, founder and CEO of Metrostudy.  Metrostudy tracks real-time data on the country’s inventory of new homes and covers 19 states, or around 65% of the U.S. housing market, including all the ones hardest hit by the crash: Florida, California, Arizona and Nevada.  The company’s client list includes virtually every major homebuilder and bank.

The key figures that Metrostudy collects are the number of homes that are vacant and for sale in each city, and the number of months it takes to sell all of them.  Together those figures measure inventory, the key measurement in determining whether a market has a surplus or a shortage of new housing.

The Makings Of A Shortage

Today Castleman is seeing an extraordinary reversal of the new-home glut that caused prices to sink just a few years ago.  In the 41 cities Metrostudy covers, a total of 78,000 houses are now either vacant and for sale, or under construction.  That’s less than 1/4 of the 343,000 units in those two categories at the peak of the frenzy in mid-2006, and well below the level of a decade ago.  “If we had anything like normal levels of buying, those houses would sell in 2.5 months,” says Castleman.  “We would see an incredible shortage.  And that’s where we’re heading.”

In a interview with Fortune, Karl Case, who together with Robert Shiller created the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price indices, says “the lack of new home building is a huge help that a lot of people are ignoring. People think I’m crazy to be optimistic, but housing is looking like the little engine that could.”

Two basic factors are laying the foundation for a recovery in residential real estate:

  1. the historic drop in new construction
  2. a steep decline in prices (about 30% nationwide since 2006, and as much as 55% in the hardest-hit markets)

The new affordability will gradually attract Americans back to buying homes, and the return of the homeowner will start raising prices in many markets this year.

In 28 out of 54 major markets, it’s now cheaper to pay a mortgage and other major costs than to rent the same house.  In all the distressed markets, owning now beats renting by a wide margin.  A major reversal from 4 years ago.  In Miami the average rent is now $1,031 a month versus the $856 it costs to carry a ranch house or stucco cottage as an owner.

The true disaster areas for housing since the bubble burst have been Sunbelt cities such as Las Vegas, Phoenix and Miami.  But people always want to live in those sunny locations, and their job markets are starting to recover, albeit slowly.  In foreclosure markets the inventory problem is far greater because it includes not just traditional resales homes, but millions of distressed properties.  Fortunately those houses are now such a deal that investors, including lots of mom-and-pop buyers, are purchasing them at a rapid pace.

The outlook is brightening for Phoenix, Las Vegas, Miami and parts of Northern California.  A big positive is the tiny supply of new homes entering the market.

Mike Castleman tells editor-at-large Shawn Tully “… the naysayers are about to get a big surprise:  rising prices for new homes.”

For more information on real estate in Aventura and the South Florida area please contact me at (305) 329-4929 or [email protected]

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New Aventura Rental: Harborside At The Waterways Unit 607

New Aventura Rental: Harborside At The Waterways Unit 607Harborside at The Waterways Condo

Listed at $1,750.00/month unfurnished for annual lease

Great 2 bedroom 2 bath apartment just hit the market in the Harborside at The Waterways condominium in Aventura.  This apartment has:

  • 2 bedroom 2 bathrooms
  • 1,430 sq ft of living space
  • large balcony overlooking the swimming pool and marina
  • 24-hr manned security gate
  • 24-hr manned lobby attendant
  • concierge
  • 2 heated swimming pools
  • tennis courts
  • gym
  • walking distance to shops and restaurants
  • marina

This unit is available as of May 1, 2011.

Click here to view more information and pictures of this property.

For more information on this property or any other properties for sale or lease in Aventura or the rest of South Florida please contact me at (305) 329-4929 or [email protected]

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What’s The Difference Between Donald Trump’s Hair And A Wet Raccoon?

What’s The Difference Between Donald Trump’s Hair And A Wet Raccoon?

… “A wet raccoon doesn’t have seven billion f*@!ing dollars in the bank,” said Donald Trump (see video below) at a recent Donald Trump roast on Comedy Central.

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If you want to know more about South Florida real estate contact me at (305) 329-4929 or [email protected]

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South Florida Foreclosure Activity

South Florida Foreclosure Activity

as of March 4, 2011

According to The Real Deal, the  number of foreclosures in South Florida year-to-date is 4,761 which is down from 14,314 at this same time last year.  The graph below shows foreclosure activity in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties.

South Florida Foreclosures

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Is Now The Best Time To Buy A House?

Is Now The Best Time To Buy A House?

TODAY SHOW real estate expert Barbara Corcoran and personal finance expert Carmen Wong Ulrich explain why now may be the best time to buy a new home.

Barbara says:

I totally believe it’s the time to jump in.  There’s very little upside to waiting around and doing something later.  You’ve got cheap money, cheap prices, lots of homes to choose from. Why wait? It doesn’t make any sense

With regard to getting a mortgage right now, Carmen says:

Mortgage applications are at 15 year lows because it’s really tight.  You’ve got to have great credit and a solid down payment.  Mortgage lenders don’t want to absorb all the risk.  You have to have ample savings, outside of the down payment.  You need at least 6 months’ worth of mortgage payments in the bank and saved up.  Of course a great work history that you are employed really helps.  If you’re self-employed,  you’ve got to keep fantastic records.

While the spring is usually a time when home buying goes up, Barbara says:

You’ll see more houses coming on the market.  What  you won’t see coming into the market are lower prices.  You certainly aren’t going to see cheaper money, especially with what’s going on with fannie mae.  Everything is going to change in the financing game.  You’ll see a tougher spring to buy in.  Now, again, is the better time to buy.

Carmen says:

If you’re in a position to buy, don’t wait for the interest rates to go lower again.  If you’re in a position to get that mortgage, get it now.

If you are in a position to buy, now is the time.  Contact me at (305) 329-4929 or [email protected] for more information on what’s available in your neighborhood.

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Go Green Expo and Symposium

Go Green Expo and SymposiumGo Green

The City of Aventura and The Continental Group, Inc. are presenting the “Go Green Expo and Symposium.”

When: Thursday, February 24, 2011

Time:  Expo 6:00pm – 7:00pm | Symposium 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Where: City of Aventura Government Center – 19200 W. Country Club Dr Aventura, FL  33180

Aventura residents and condominium management are invited to attend and learn all about the newest, cost-effective practices in the Green Sustainable Movement.  The City of Aventura is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and wants to teach attendees how they can participate in make the city more environmentally friendly.  The Continental Group, Florida’s leading property management company, is dedicated to educating its communities on green practices and sustainability.

For more information on the City of Aventura’s green efforts, go to the City’s Go Green page at www.cityofaventura.com/gogreen.html.

To learn more about The Continental Group, call (954) 925-8200 or visit www.thecontinentalgroupinc.com.

For more information on real estate for sale or lease in the City of Aventura please contact me at (305) 329-4929 or [email protected]

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Do You Believe It’s A Good Time To Sell Your Home?

Do You Believe It’s A Good Time To Sell Your Home?For Sale

In a recent Keeping Current Matters blog post by Steve Harney entitled Selling Your House?  5 Reasons To Do It NOW!, Steve gives us 5 strong reasons to sell now instead of waiting until later in the year.

1)  Interest Rates Are On The Rise

Interest rates are now over 5%.  As rates increase, the mortgage amount a buyer qualifies for decreases.  Eventually this will have a negative impact on prices.

2)  Your Dream Home Will Never Be Cheaper

If you are buying, COST should be more important than PRICE.  Cost can be dramatically impacted by rising mortgage interest rates.

3)  Buyers Are Out Early

Mounting evidence is showing that buyers are coming out earlier this year than the ‘Spring Buying Season’ due to the believe that now is a good time to buy.  That coupled with the increase in interest rates has started the buying season early.

Pete Flint, CEO of Trulia:

“We’re seeing a national resurgence of buyer and seller activity on Trulia.com.  In January alone, we expierenced an unprecedented level of site traffic including 11 million unique visitors – which is more than 70% year-over-year growth.  We are now experiencing 100,000 property views per minute.”

The National Association of Realtors just reported that the number of house sales increased 12.9% over last month.

4)  Inventory Increases Every Spring

Here is the number of listings available for sale in 2010

  • February – 3,531,000
  • March – 3,626,000
  • April – 4,029,000

Steve Harney believes that there will be an increase in these numbers in 2011 as there is a pent-up selling demand created by the weak market of the last few years.  If you sell now you won’t have to worry about this increasing competition.

5)  We Are In The Eye Of The Foreclosure Storm

As banks try to correct their foreclosure procedures, there is a large supply of discounted properties which have been delayed coming to market.  This inventory will be released sometime in the next few months.  Foreclosures sell on average at a 41% discount.  When they are released these properties will be competing with your house for buyers.  If you are looking to sell in 2011, you want to sell before this inventory becomes your competition.

Let’s sit down today and discuss the best options for you.  You can contact me at (305) 329-4929 or [email protected]

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Do You Believe It Is A Good Time To Buy A Home?

Housing Market

Do You Believe It Is A Good Time To Buy A Home?

In a recent Keeping Current Matters blog post by Steve Harney entitled The First Question You Should Ask Your Listing Agent, Steve discusses whether now is a good time to buy a home.

The Wall Street Journal last week stated:

With home sales starting to improve, and with prices now possibly forming a bottom, real estate could well be the asset class that represents the best low-risk buying opportunity out there today.

Donald Trump was just quoted saying:

I’m pretty sure this is a great time to go out and buy a house.  And if you do, in 10 years  you’re going to look back and say, ‘You know, I’m glad I listened to Donald Trump’.

John Paulson, a multi-billionaire hedge fund operator and the investment genius who made a killing betting against housing a few years ago, is now bullish on residential real estate market.  He recently said:

If you don’t own a home, buy one.  If you own a home, buy another one.  If you own two homes, buy a third.  And, lend your relatives money to buy a home.

A recent Gallup Poll showed that 67% of American’s think that now is a ‘good time’ to buy a home.  The Gallup Organization went on to say:

Overall, there is good reason for most Americans to think now is a good time to buy a house.  Interest rates remain near historic lows.  Home prices are down sharply, providing many incredible buys.

An iconic financial paper, the country’s most famous real estate investor, the most successful prognosticator of the housing market and 2/3 of all Americans say now is the time to buy a home.

If you have come to the same conclusion and want to buy a home or condo, I am ready to help you.  Please contact me at (305) 329-4929 or [email protected]


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Top 10 Most Searched Markets On Realtor.com

Top 10 Most Searched Markets On Realtor.com

Realtor.com

Realtor.com, operated by Move, Inc., is an official website of the National Association of Realtors.  The Top 10 List is based on the number of visitors at Realtor.com that viewed properties in each metro area in the United States from January 2010 through December 2010.

The top 10 most searched for cities at Realtor.com for 2010 are:

  1. Las Vegas
  2. Los Angeles
  3. Orlando
  4. San Antonio
  5. MIAMI

  6. Phoenix
  7. San Diego
  8. Austin, Texas
  9. Tampa
  10. Chicago

“Online search is a critical measure of interest in real estate, especially now that more than 90% of buyers search for their homes online,” says Realtor.com President Errol Samuelson.  “Changing conditions throughout 2010 in the sunshine states resulting from foreclosures, the tax credit, interest rates and other factors created more interest in real estate compared to other states that we hope leads to increased activity and sales in 2011.”

For more information on real estate in the Miami area please contact me at (305) 329-4929 or [email protected]

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