5 Tips for Better Home Buying

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Top 5 strategies to help home buyers make their best deal 

  1. Home Buying Tips SWFLKnow the market! Knowledge is power. 

The way to negotiate your best deal when buying a home begins with knowing the market well enough to understand what the value of the home is. Knowledge is power! When I work with my buyer clients, every home we tour and don’t offer on moves them closer to understanding what’s desirable, what’s not, and where the value is.

  1. Hire an experienced Realtor who is working in your best interest.

Don’t work with a Realtor who is trying to sell you something. Work with one who is helping you buy the home that is right for you and your budget.

  1. Price & TERMS matter.

Once you’ve found the right home for you, it’s time to make an offer.

As a listing agent I see many offers from buyers who were poorly advised by their Realtor or real estate agent.

Let’s face it, the very most important attribute to any offer for both the buyer and seller is the price, though it’s not the only thing! Understanding that there are other valuable components to the offer, can greatly assist the knowledgeable buyer in getting a great deal, even in a hot seller’s market!

  1. Low Offer SWFL housing marketDon’t make a low ball offer.

The seller wants to get the most amount of money for their home as is possible. The buyer wants to pay the least amount of money for the home as is possible. How do I advise my buyers to win this struggle? We structure their initial offer to include terms that the seller will find favorable. In addition, unless you are a hit and run buyer, I advise my buyers to offer a reasonable amount of money for the purchase. Not one that we think the seller will accept, but one that has the seller thinking, “Damn, I don’t want to lose this buyer”. In fact, when advising my buyers who have done a ton of work in seeing dozens of homes before finding the right one for them, I recommend we offer a purchase price high enough where including the favorable terms has the seller actually wanting to execute the contract without delay. Sometimes they will, and you’ll have grabbed a fantastic deal. Most often though the seller will try to squeeze the buyer up just a little, making a fair deal for all.

I see hundreds of offers from buyers and their agent, where even though they wish to buy the home, their offer is weak on all fronts. Their chances of getting a good or great deal are severely diminished as upon first look the seller doesn’t even consider their offer a serious one. We’ve all heard of first impressions, or best foot forward!

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Here’s an example of a typical offer I see from other (mostly inexperienced) agents.

  • List price $259,900 (comparable sales show the home’s current market value at between $240,000 & $250,000)
  • Offer price $219,900
  • Earnest money deposit $1,000, due 5 or even 10 days after contract execution.
  • Inspection period, 15 days
  • Closing 7-8 weeks
  • Contingent on financing.

What apparently most buyers and their agents don’t know it that the seller scoffs at the offer deeming them not a serious buyer.

Understand here that the SW Florida, Cape Coral, Fort Myers and Lee County in general is a huge real estate market with thousands of listings and hundreds upon hundreds of closed sales every month. Buyers in this market come from all over the world, with large numbers of buyers being from New York, NJ, New England, the Mid Atlantic as well as Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Buyers are in competition with other buyers! In fact it’s not just the seller who won’t let you steal their home for grossly under market value, it’s the other buyers in the marketplace who will pay more than you for it, and the seller knows it. This is why I advise my buyers to make strong offers. Not high offers, but not weak offers. Unless of course they don’t care if they get the house. Most buyers however feel an emotional connection to the home they offer on. Typically it wasn’t easy to discover, and once they found it they would like to actually own it. Here is where structuring a strong offer makes all the difference.

Same home scenario, but offering using my Top 5 Home Buying Deal Maker strategy

  1. SWFL Homes for SaleDon’t skimp on your GOOD FAITH earnest money deposit.
  • List price $259,900 (comparable sales show the home’s value between $240,000 & $250,000)
  • Offer price $235,000
  • Earnest money deposit $10,000 or $2,000 within 1-2 days and $8,000 after 10 days depending on buyers liquidity
  • Inspection period 7-10 days max
  • Closing 6 weeks if financing, 2-3 weeks if cash.
  • Contingent on financing as the case may be.

Now put yourself in the sellers shoes! You know your home is worth between $240k & $250k. You love everything in the offer, except the price. Though you think wow this buyer really wants to buy my house! Depending on your motivation, you are tempted to sign the contract as is to not let this rock solid buyer get away. If you do propose a counter offer, the only thing you will address is the actual sales price. Though again, you will do so with caution as you don’t want to lose this buyer.

I never asked you to put yourself in the shoes of the seller on the first offer of $219,900 with low money down, but trust me, the seller no longer thinks that they might be selling their home to you after receiving your weak offer. That being said, if you as the buyer really did want this home, you’ve now got your work cut out for you. Hopefully the seller will counter offer! Many will not! If they do it’s certain that they will counter all of your terms and maybe reduce the sale price from their list price by a thousand or two. This is how the seller will begin to know whether or not you really do want the house. But now it’s game on and you’ll need to step up. Once you start to step up, the seller knows they’ve got you. With me as their agent we’re going to drag you up to the upper end of the value range.

SWFL Homes for Sale Cape CoralThe rock solid $235k offer without a doubt will negotiate the better deal.

I don’t work with many hit and run buyers, although I have helped a few. One in particular made several low unattractive offers, one at a time with no counter offers from sellers until he had exhausted every home that he found appealing. He then had to double back and engage in negotiations with the very first home he offered on as it was his favorite. You guessed it! The seller ate him for lunch! He ended up paying top dollar as he was now getting very close to moving with no place for his family to go.

Cash is king! Though using my strategies can help you negotiate a great deal even when your offer is contingent upon financing.

As a Southwest Florida Real Estate Agent it’s my job to educate my clients and help them get exactly what they want and make sure their best interest are being considered in every detail of the purchase. This blog is all about educating you and empowering you with all the industry news, information, tips and things to consider before buying or selling your home. If you found this article interesting and know someone else that might benefit from it please feel free to share!

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We will always be available for personal service by phone or email, so feel free to contact us with questions any time! My offices are located on 2326 Del Prado Blvd. S., Cape Coral, FL 33990. You can reach me at 239-425-2503 or email me at Bob.Ashworth@gmail.com and you can visit my website at www.BobAshworth.com.

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Cape Coral Makes the Top 10 Places to Invest in Florida!

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We’re always on the lookout for good articles to share with you and today we bring you an exciting one! Cape Coral made the Top Ten Places to Invest Real Estate in Florida List and this just confirms what we already knew – Cape Coral is Awesome!

Best Places to Invest in Real Estate in Florida

Florida Real EstateAh, Florida. The land of sand, snowbirds — and real estate speculation.

Ever since the 1920s, when the first real estate boom officially arrived at the doorstep of the Sunshine State, the idea that you too could own a sunny slice of Miami or Tampa has taken root within the American dream.

But, as with any investment, the risk of loss is real and timing is everything. Florida housing prices, which hit a peak in December 2006, are slowly recovering after the Great Recession nosedive — the state’s fall was among the harshest in the nation — but recently, the trend is positive, stoking renewed interest in real estate.

According to the S&P/Case-Shiller Index, considered one of the more reliable indicators of local real estate market trends, home prices in the Miami area have been on an uninterrupted march up since November 2011. Recently, in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, a community just north of Fort Lauderdale, buyers camped out overnight for a chance to snap up new condos selling for $500,000 to $1 million.

Investors will find real estate prices vary widely across Florida. In NerdWallet’s study of 227 places, the cheapest average sale price was $37.36 per square foot in Kenneth City in Pinellas County. The most expensive was Key Biscayne at $546.77 per square foot, a difference of over $500.

So what area offers the best bang for your real estate investment buck? NerdWallet crunched the numbers to find out.

Real Estate InvestingKey takeaways
Flip this. If your goal is to get in and get out with a profit, here are the top three communities when it comes to speed of sale: Hialeah Gardens, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea and Atlantis. Hialeah Gardens earned the highest mark, a 9.55, in our study on this metric — Zillow’s 2014 market health score. The quicker a house sells, the higher the score, with 10 as the highest.
Beachfront bonus. The Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro area dominated our top 10 list — eight of our top 10 investments are located there.
Going long? Florida’s housing market seems to make the most sense overall for those looking to invest in the long-term. Most of our top 20 places have low scores when it comes to real estate market health, a sign of the continued impact of the Great Recession.

What we analyzed
Our calculations took into account several factors:

Market health. We looked at how quickly houses sold compared with other cities in the state, as well as the change in vacancy rate.
Price per square foot. Weighting for affordability, we measured the price per square foot of housing in a city, averaging all months of 2013 and 2014 to avoid seasonal fluctuations.
Population and home price growth. Averaging monthly price data since 2004, we examined the percentage of houses that increased in value over the past 10 years. We also looked at the increase in population since 2010.
Property taxes. Using state data, we calculated the city and county property tax for each city.

Cape Coral Housing Market

Cape Coral was #9 on this list! 🙂 

Best places to invest in real estate in Florida

1. Doral
Doral tops our list thanks to its relative affordability, low unemployment rate (4.4%, or over a full percentage point lower than the statewide rate) and strong population growth. This north-central Miami-Dade County city from 2010 to 2013 welcomed almost 6,000 new residents, a gain of more than 14%.

2. Bal Harbour
In tiny Bal Harbour, population 2,569, price could quickly become a factor — it’s the most expensive location in our top 20 with an average sales price of $340 per square foot. Still, there are plenty of buyers. On Zillow’s 0-10 scale for speed of sale, Bal Harbour scored a healthy 8.66.

3. Homestead
The watchword in Homestead is growth. More than half — 56% — of its homes have increased in value over the past 10 years, yet housing remains relatively affordable in this city of 61,714 residents. Sale prices over the past two years averaged just $79.42 per square foot, among the most affordable in our study.

4. Miami Lakes
Miami Lakes may not boast oceanfront property, but a full 57% of its housing stock has increased in value over the past 10 years, and vacancies have dropped 3.6%. That’s a good sign for investors who may have to pay a premium for this suburban location just north of Miami. Here, buyers paid an average of $152 per square foot for a house.

5. Marianna
Bargains abound in Marianna, home of our top 20’s lowest price-per-square-foot sale price of $61. It’s also clearly attracting new residents, with a 28% increase in the population from 2010 to 2013.

6. Hialeah Gardens
Hialeah Gardens, population 22,136, had the highest overall market health score in our survey at 9.55. This means buyers who are looking for a quick turnaround on their investment will find many options to flip housing in Hialeah Gardens.

7. Aventura
This diverse and growing community in northeastern Miami-Dade County is known for its high concentration of transplants from the Northeast, and its many high-rise condos. Buyers will find an average sales price of $227 per square foot and options for Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean views. The city’s investment score also benefits from its 7.51% increase in population since 2010.

8. Pinecrest
This small suburban village in Miami-Dade County is the second-most expensive in our top 10, with the price of $269 per square foot. Its population has grown a modest 1.54% in recent years, and village leaders are thinking about expanding. A common discussion involves annexing land west of U.S. Highway 1 to help build out the small village’s tax base.

Cape Cora Homes on Canal9. Cape Coral
Cape Coral moves in many directions: It is the largest city in our top 10 at 158,415 residents, and it has an average sales price that is the third lowest in our top 10 at $96 per square foot. It’s the only city on our list located in Lee County, which is also home to Fort Myers. Cape Coral residents are thinking about development, which can have a major effect on real estate values. Recent news reports have focused on plans to develop Bimini Basin as a community gathering place — with some ideas calling for a mix of commercial and open space.

10. Winter Garden
The only place in our top 10 near Orlando, Winter Garden has a lot to offer those diving into the real estate market. Its vacancy rate declined while its population grew over 13%, suggesting strong demand for housing. Perhaps it’s the nearby Disney World effect, but Winter Garden enjoys a particularly strong job market, which supports a growing housing market. The unemployment rate in Winter Garden in December, the most-recent data available, was 3.8%. By comparison, the entire state of Florida was at 5.6% for the same month.

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I’m always happy to answer any questions and educate my clients on what options will benefit them most in the purchase of a new home, condo or lot in the area.  Please feel free to share this blog post with anyone you feel might be interested or find value in this information.

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10 Reasons to Fall in Love with SWFL!

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Falling in Love with SWFL is easy!

Sunny SWFLThere are so many reasons to fall in love with Southwest Florida and make it your home! Here’s just a few reasons why you want to explore the Southwest Florida area to plant roots and make this your new home! When you are ready to explore the housing market please give us a call and let us guide you to the right home, condo or lot that meets both your needs and budget!

10 Reasons to Fall in Love with SWFL!

  1. Beautiful Beaches
  2. Amazing weather
  3. Strong Housing Market
  4. Great Shopping
  5. Wonderful Outdoor Activities
  6. Good Job Market
  7. Safe Place to Raise a Family
  8. Centrally Located
  9. Strong Business Market
  10. Nice people

Here is Southwest Florida we have some of the best beaches in Florida! Sanibel Island is known world-wide for it’s great shelling and beautiful beaches. Fort Myers Beach is a favorite for Spring Break and Naples beach is definitely a must see! We have perfect weather all year round for enjoying all kinds of fun outdoor activities like boating, skying, fishing, biking, cycling, canoeing, skating and so much more! You will find some of the best local small businesses and people ever! This is a great place to start a new business, network with the local people to grow your business or participate in clubs, non-profits and groups. Southwest Floridians love their communities and are, in general, very supportive and helpful. There are so many wonderful choices for dining out, shopping and family fun! Below is a list of links to places to go for shopping, dining, events and fun!

Shopping:  

Special Events: 

Must Do’s!  

Golfing:

 Wondering where to dine? 

 SWFL Palm Trees Downtown

As a Southwest Florida Real Estate Agent it’s my job to educate my clients and help them get exactly what they want and make sure their best interest are being considered in every detail of the purchase. This blog is all about educating you and empowering you with all the industry news, information, tips and things to consider before buying or selling your home. If you found this article interesting and know someone else that might benefit from it please feel free to share!

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We will always be available for personal service by phone or email, so feel free to contact us with questions any time! My offices are located on 2326 Del Prado Blvd. S., Cape Coral, FL 33990. You can reach me at 239-425-2503 or email me at Bob.Ashworth@gmail.com and you can visit my website at www.BobAshworth.com.

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Historic Low Mortgage Rates!

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Mortgage interest rates are back down to historic lows!

Are you thinking about buying a new home in Southwest Florida? If so I have some really good new for you! With these new all time low interest rates you can buy more house for your money!

Lower Interest RatesAs you may or may not know, the 30 year fixed rate home mortgage is based upon the US Treasury’s 10 year bond yield. Last week, the week of January 12, 2015 saw the 10 year treasury dip down under 2% to 1.816% as of the writing of this article.

So you might be wondering, how does this benefit home buyers, sellers? The drop in the 10 year treasury, will virtually immediately signal a drop in 30 year mortgage rates that are already at 4% or less for a well qualified buyer.

We will likely see 30 year mortgage rates down to 3.75% to 3.875% therefore increasing a home buyers borrowing power by reducing the monthly payment required to support the loan. In turn this low rate also helps home sellers as it eases the stress of buyers just a bit while also increasing how much home they can afford to buy.

Nobody knows for sure how long rates will stay at these historic lows, but now is a great time to buy a home as the affordability has never been greater. If you’re not sure how much home you can afford, contact me for assistance.

I’m always happy to answer any questions and educate my clients on what options will benefit them most.  Please feel free to share this blog post with anyone you feel might be interested or find value in this information.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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2014 Happy Thanksgiving

 

Wishing You A Wonderful Thanksgiving Day From Our Family to Yours!

We have so much to be grateful for on this day and on every day of the year. Today we want to just say THANK YOU for allowing us to serve you over the years. We greatly appreciate the friendship, the good times and the opportunity to share these moments with you. Here’s to wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! May your day be filled with laughter, love, family, good food, good friends and happy times!

All the best to you and yours, 

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It’s a good time to buy a Florida Home!

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Canadian snowbirds encouraged to buy a Fla. home

MONTREAL, Canada 2014 – As Canadian snowbirds prepare to head south, the Annual Snowbird outlook from BMO Bank of Montreal is telling Canadians that “U.S. housing affordability remains healthy, and prices are expected to increase in Florida, Arizona and other popular areas.”

The bank offers only two warnings to Canadians considering a southern move: The border crossing rules are more strict, and a strengthening U.S. dollar could make purchases in Florida and elsewhere more expensive.

“Overall, U.S. house prices have soared 20 percent in the past two years, but are only about half way back to their peak in 2006,” and “Traditional destinations for Canadian Snowbirds remain affordable,” the bank says. “Compared to their peaks, prices in Tampa are down 34 percent, Phoenix down 30 percent, Las Vegas off 43 percent, and Miami down a whopping 52 percent.”

“Now, with the American economy and employment gaining strength, home sales should gather some momentum,” advises Sal Guatieri, senior economist, BMO Capital Markets. “We expect prices to rise over time alongside growing family incomes.”

Guatieri also says BMO expects “capital gains appreciation for Canadians who purchase U.S. property.”

Florida a hotspot

Florida continues to be a hotspot with Canadians representing the largest foreign buyers of Florida housing, BMO says. More than 500,000 Canadians currently own real estate in Florida.

“Florida properties are a bargain compared to real estate in Canada. The median priced home in Florida is nearly half that in Canada,” says Jack Ablin, chief investment officer, BMO Harris Private Bank. “Popular areas include Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice, Orlando-Kissimmee, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-Palm Beach, Cape Coral-Ft. Myers, Tampa-St. Petersburg and Naples-Marco Island.

“We project retirement state housing prices to outpace the national average, due to increasing numbers of retirees, and abundance of capital from abroad and lower interest rates. Foreign buyers are interested in U.S. real estate because it’s relatively cheap when gauged against incomes, and it’s situated in a stable/safe haven economy,” added Mr. Ablin.

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Cape Coral – Awesome Place to Live!

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Cape Coral is ranked No. 46 on a list of America’s best cities to live.

To form the list, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data on the 550 areas measured by the U.S. Census Bureau with populations of 65,000 or more. A range of variables werNews-Presse considered, including crime rates, employment growth, educational attainment, and housing affordability.

According to a snapshot look at the city:

• Strong employment growth between 2011 and 2013 helped drive the unemployment rate down from 11.1 percent to 6.9 percent during that time.

• Payments on a median-priced home in Lee County equaled 16.6 percent of a typical household’s income, less than in many other parts of the nation.

• Median income of $48,619 is below the national average and incommensurate with its moderately high cost of living.

• Its network of well-organized canals are likely its biggest attraction.

Other Florida cities in the top 50: Boca Raton came in at No. 11 and Weston was ranked No. 15.

Newton, Mass., got the top spot on the list.

24/7 Wall St. LLC is a corporation set up to run a financial news and opinion operation with content delivered over the Internet. The company’s articles are republished by many of the largest news sites, including USA Today.

Cape Coral’s full snapshot:

46. Cape Coral, Florida

  • Median household income: $48,619
  • Unemployment rate, 2013: 6.90%
  • Median home value: $137,100
  • Violent crime per 100,000 residents: 143.5
  • Average commuter travel time: 27.5 minutes

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It’s Cheaper to Live in Florida!

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Report: It’s cheaper to live in Fla. than Northeast

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Sept. 2, 2014 – Contrary to some consumer perceptions, it’s cheaper to live in Florida than most of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states, according to a Washington, D.C.-based think tank.

A study by the Tax Foundation showed that $100 in Florida buys $101.21 worth of goods, based on the national average. In the Northeast, only Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Maine stretched their dollars further.

$100 in New York only buys $86.66 worth of goods, according to the report. The D.C. area is the nation’s most expensive, with $100 only getting $84.60.

The figure is a statewide average. However, as the Clearwater Gazette reported, prices spike near cities, and Florida is no exception – but prices in and around Tampa are still cheaper than New York City and Boston.

The Tax Foundation’s figures are based on housing costs, state income taxes and average price of goods in the area.

Florida is far from the biggest value. That honor goes to Mississippi, where $100 can get you almost $116 worth of stuff.

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Florida Housing Update

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Fla.’s housing market: More sales, rising prices in June 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. – July 22, 2014 – Florida’s housing market reported more closed sales, higher median prices, increased new listings and a rise in inventory in June, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Closed sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 23,181 last month, up 14.6 percent over the June 2013 figure.

Investment Strategies“June marked the 31st month in a row – more than 2 1/2 years – that median sales prices rose year-over-year for both single-family homes and townhome-condo properties,” says 2014 Florida Realtors®President Sherri Meadows, CEO and team leader, Keller Williams, with market centers in Gainesville, Ocala and The Villages. “The state’s steadily improving jobs outlook and rising influx of people continue to have a positive impact on Florida’s housing market. Statewide, new listings for single-family homes in June rose 12.4 percent year-over-year, while new townhouse-condo listings rose 3 percent.”

The statewide median sales price for single-family existing homes last month was $185,000, up 5.2 percent from the previous year, according to data from Florida Realtors Industry Data and Analysis (IDA) department in partnership with local Realtor boards/associations. The statewide median price for townhouse-condo properties in June was $141,000, up 8.5 percent over the year-ago figure. The median is the midpoint; half the homes sold for more, half for less.

According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), thenational median sales price for existing single-family homes in May 2014 was $213,600, up 4.9 percent from the previous yearthenational median existing condo price was $212,300.In California, the statewide median sales price for single-family existing homes in May was $466,320; in Massachusetts, it was $347,900; in Maryland, it was $273,912; and in New York, it was $219,000.

Florida Real EstateLooking at Florida’s townhouse-condo market, statewide closed sales totaled 9,594 last month, up 3.1 percent compared to June 2013. The closed sales data reflected fewer short sales last month compared to the previous year: Short sales for condo-townhouse properties declined 60.3 percent while short sales for single-family homes dropped 51.9 percent. Closed sales typically occur 30 to 90 days after sales contracts are written.

Florida Realtors Chief Economist Dr. John Tuccillo said, “June was a very strong month for both the single-family and the townhouse and condo markets in Florida, and we are very encouraged by the data. But a look at one month alone does not ever truly describe the market. So when the strong June report is balanced by a somewhat weaker May, the picture of a market settling-in emerges.

“We are generally seeing slower increases in both sales and prices, and a rising level of inventories. All of this points to a continued steady, manageable growth in the Florida housing market.”

Inventory was at a 5.6-months’ supply in June for single-family homes and at a 5.8-months’ supply for townhouse-condo properties, according to Florida Realtors.

According to Freddie Mac, the interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.16 percent in June 2014, up from the 4.07 percent average recorded during the same month a year earlier.

To see the full statewide housing activity reports, go to Florida Realtors Media Center and look under Latest Releases, or download the June 2014 data report PDFs under Market Data.
© 2014 Florida Realtors®

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Happy Labor Day

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2014 Labor Day

 

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