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Ready To Buy A Home?

Ready To Buy A Home?

There are good opportunities in the real estate market.

How do you know if you’re ready to buy a home?

Important things to know before you go house hunting:

  • Make sure your credit is in top shape.
  • Know what you can afford.  The general rule of thumb is 2.5 times your annual income.
  • Get pre-approved by a Lender.
  • Evaluate your cash situation.  You’ll need cash for the down payment, various fees and closing costs, real estate taxes, maintenance and repair expenses.

I hope this information is useful to you. You can contact me for all your South Florida real estate needs at (305) 329-4929 or [email protected]

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Foreclosures Trending Downward

Foreclosures Trending Downward

New figures show that foreclosures are down nationwide.  There were 830,000 foreclosures completed in 2011 compared to 1.1 million in 2010.  Florida had the most homes in the foreclosure process, almost 12% of all mortgaged homes.

I hope this information is useful to you.  Contact me for all your South Florida real estate needs at (305) 329-4929 or [email protected]

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Warren Buffett Talks Investing In Single Family Homes

Warren Buffett Talks Investing In Single Family Homes

In a CNBC interview recently, Warren Buffett talks about why he would invest in single family homes.

I can help you with all your South Florida real estate needs. If you are buying, selling or leasing then we should talk. Contact me at (305) 329-4929 or [email protected]

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South Florida Home Prices On The Rise

South Florida Home Prices On The Rise

Home values in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties inched up 0.2% from November, according to the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home price index.  In the rest of the nation home prices in 2011 ended on a downer.  In South Florida, the number of homes for sale has declined sharply over the past year.

Case-Shiller’s “Miami” real estate index was one of only two to increase between November and December.  While still down about 3% from a year ago, the December yearly decline was the lowest for 2011.

Case Shiller South Florida

The monthly gain for December was up a measly . 2%.  But, out of the 20 metropolitan areas tracked by Case-Shiller, only Phoenix joined Miami in showing an increase in December.

Competition among buyers is heating up which is helping to stabilize prices in some areas.  Case-Shiller is one of the most respected measures of home prices because it tracks the price of the same house over time.

Let me assist you with all your South Florida real estate needs.  Contact me at (305) 329-4929 or [email protected]

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How’s the Real Estate Market in YOUR Area?

How’s the Real Estate Market in YOUR Area?

Subscribe to my Real-Time Market Report.  It’s all about what’s going on right now and it’s free!

Learn about price trends, supply and demand and leading indicators.  Better real estate market information helps you make your decisions with confidence!

Executive Summary Condo 33180 - May 16, 2011

It’s FREE! Click here to register and we’ll get you my Real-Time Market Report today!

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Aventura, FL Real Estate Market Conditions (May 6, 2011) – Condo

90-day stats for Condo properties in
MIAMI, FL33180 – Aventura as of May 6, 2011
Median List Price $357,539 Average List Price $499,459
Total Inventory 892 Price per Square Foot $246
Average Home Size 1,466 Median Lot Size n/a
Average # Beds 2.31 Average # Baths 2.45
Homes Absorbed 44 Newly Listed 35
Days on Market 244 Average Age 19

Median Price for homes in MIAMI, FL 33180 - Aventura

Median Price for homes in MIAMI, FL 33180 – Aventura as of May 6, 2011 is $357,539

Inventory for homes in MIAMI, FL 33180 - Aventura

Inventory for homes in MIAMI, FL 33180 – Aventura as of May 6, 2011 is 892

Average Days on Market for homes in MIAMI, FL 33180 - Aventura

Average Days on Market for homes in MIAMI, FL 33180 – Aventura as of May 6, 2011 is 244

Median Price per Sqft for homes in MIAMI, FL 33180 - Aventura

Median Price per Sqft for homes in MIAMI, FL 33180 – Aventura as of May 6, 2011 is $246

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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.

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

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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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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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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Real Estate Market Update 2010: Year In Review

Real Estate Market Update 2010:  Year In Review

Ron Shuffield, President of Esslinger Wooten Maxwell, Inc. Realtors talks about 2010 real estate market, and what to expect in 2011.  Some interesting facts noted are:

  • twice as many homes were sold in 2010 than 2 years ago
  • 2010 turns out to be the best year since 2005
  • prices of single family homes have rolled back about 8 years
  • prices of condos have rolled back about 10 years
  • low prices coupled with some of the lowest interest rates ever seen have created unprecedented values for buyers today

For more information please contact me at (305) 329-4929 or [email protected]

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