Through it all, the housing market appears to be remaining strong. With low interest rates, an increase in new home starts and millennials striving for homeownership, the real estate industry shows continued strength. Read more on this optimistic outlook here . I tend to agree with what they are saying about moderating home prices. While we have seen rising prices over the last few years, especially in the lower price spectrum, more inventory and home starts are assisting with keeping the prices stable. That and the low rates are making housing affordable for many who could not have considered homeownership in the past.
With mortgage rates super low and a reasonable amount of home inventory to choose from, the real estate market has remained strong thus far for 2019. While catching up on some of my real estate reading, I came across this most recent article that talks about a loan option where an investor takes out a loan for the home with the intent to lease it back to the buyer that wanted to purchase it, but could not qualify. A portion of the lease payment goes towards the loan and within a few years of leasing they can then likely purchase the home. If the investor pays cash, then I don’t see a problem with what they do with their money, BUT if they take a loan, I see potential big problems! Like if the market changes and the value goes down and the tenant/ buyer walks away and the investor is held holding a loan they can’t pay…… and maybe for multiple properties??!! Can the investor carry the loan payments until the home sells? What if the buyer decides after living in the home for the 3 years they don’t want it anymore? Yes, they lose the money that went into the equity, but will they care based on current conditions, life situations, etc. ? Read more of the article here.
With higher taxes and cost of living, more and more individuals and families are looking to call Florida home. Whether from New York or California, they are coming from afar to the sunshine state to maintain more of their money instead of giving it away in taxes. With so many being able to work remotely, a job is no longer a reason to stay put. Read more here
Sales of single family homes and condos are up in the two county area. Inventory and median prices are also up AND interest rates are down! Read the full stats report here
The current period for the National Flood Insurance Program is set to expire tomorrow, July 31st. The House has unanimously passed the bill and it is now in the Senates hands for a vote early this week to avoid expiration. We are looking at a 4 month extension and I am hopeful that the Senate will make vote accordingly. It would be a detrimental effect on the housing market to cancel flood insurance in the height of hurricane season. Read more here
For us that call the Gulf coast home, we know that the unwanted red tide is a natural occurrence and may rear it’s ugly head annually. For tourists, they do not know what it is nor do they expect to experience it when spending vacation here in this beautiful place. Here are a few points to help understand red tide, but unfortunately it does not make it easier for any of us to bear especially when seeing all the loss of life as it washes up on our beaches. We can all hope that a cure is soon to be found.