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

 

Wishing You A Happy Labor Day Our Family to Yours!

Wishing you and yours a safe and fun Labor Day! May your day be filled with laughter, love, family, good food, good friends and happy times! Stay cool and enjoy your day!

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Shortening the Life Span of your Mortgage!

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How to pay off your 30 year mortgage in 15 years.

Paying off your mortgage in half the time is easier than you think. Actually, it’s really quite simple, although this advice is rarely ever given to the public. Every one of my clients who closes on a home with me on a 30 year mortgage loan receives this guidance from me and today I want to share it with you.

Early Mortgage Pay OffSurely the main reason that most home buyers select a 30 year loan over a 15 year term is not because they prefer to pay the mortgage twice as long. They make this choice because of its affordability since a 30 year loan has a much lower monthly payment than a 15 year one. The other reason to choose a 30 year over a 15 year is more flexibility. If you’re committed to a 15 year term with your home loan lender when some unforeseen event occurs where all of a sudden your income drops will mostly likely be stuck making the higher payments. This also means you will be unable to refinance into a 30 year which would lower your payments. However, If you were committed to a 30 year mortgage and make additional principle payments on your own, you can immediately halt the additional principle you’ve been sending to conserve cash.

Let’s take a look at the two different options using a $200,000 mortgage loan as the example. For simplicity sake I’ll leave out real estate taxes and insurance and instead just focus on the principle and interest associated with the two different loans. I’ll also use a typical interest rate in today’s market (summer 2014) for an owner occupant home loan.

Mortgage Pay Off Calculator SWFLA $200,000 loan with a 30 year payback at 4.125% would be $969 per month

A $200,000 loan with a 15 year payback at 3.375% would be $1,418 per month

The simple formula is just this. Every month when you review your mortgage loan statement from your lender, find the amount of the payment that is slated to go towards your principle. Hint: it’s usually the smallest amount of all!

The first monthly payment on your $200,000, 30 year loan at 4.125% will be $969 plus or minus a few cents, and not including taxes and insurance. Of that $969, only $282 will go towards your principle balance. Now while your payment will remain the same for the life of the loan, the amount that goes towards principle and interest will change as your principle balance is reduced.

Add $282 to your payment. You’ve just made 2 months of payments. Do this same thing every month, and your 30 year or 360 month mortgage just became 15 years, or 180 months.

Cutting home loanFurther examples:

Next payment the very following month –

Now because you made 2 principle payments, one that was required, and one that was your extra, your new principle balance is now $199,436. Your required payment is still $969 but the amount that will now go towards the principle is $283. Only $1.00 more, but at this pace you’ll pay off your 30 year mortgage in 15 years.

Yes, of course as time goes on the additional principle does become more of a burden. Although it will get better down the road. And at that point you’ll have made quite a dent in not only your principle balance, but in the years required to be mortgage free.

Final example:

5 years or 60 payments made, each including an extra month of principle. Your principle balance will be approximately $160,000 as opposed to $180,000 had you not been making the extra payments. When your principle balance is around $160,000, the required payment is still $969, though $415 +/- is what is going towards principle now. If you’re still committed to a 15 year payoff, your extra principle payment is more than it was in the beginning, but remember; all these principle payments are equity in your home.

Even if you are not able to continue to increase the amount of your extra payment, you’ve dramatically reduced your balance and, your loan will pay off years ahead of schedule saving you thousands of dollars in interest.

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Home Prices on the Rise

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 SWFL home prices on the rise

Demand for gulf-access Cape Coral homes driving up prices

wink-logoCAPE CORAL, Fla. – The price of paradise is skyrocketing. Only WINK News is learning that waterfront property in Cape Coral is on the rise.

A local realtor tells WINK News over the course of one year from January to January he saw a roughly 24 percent price increase.

That price jump is not lost on David Payne. He lives in upstate New York but spends the winters at his home in Cape Coral. “We bought in 2009, decided we’d like a little bigger home than what we have,” Payne said.

He’s been looking for that bigger dream home on the water for a couple of years. And after watching the market he’s thinking “… maybe hurry the process up before they keep going?” he laughed. “Seems to be they are definitely on the increase.”

Realtor Marc Joseph tells WINK News the demand for gulf access homes is increasing which means the prices are, as well.

He says it’s a good sign of a recovering economy. He believes the prices are only going to go up from here. “The market inventory has gotten very tight. And as we tighten with our market. Prices go up,” said Joseph.

That means you’re going to pay a lot more now hat you would have a year ago.

“As of January the median sale price of saltwater homes, it’s $384,000. If you look back a year ago it was $310,000,” said Joseph. “As long as you believe that the sun is going to shine. People will return. The prices will continue to increase. It’s a prime example of what’s happening right now.”

Paradise for sale. But paradise that comes at a premium. “We were just looking for the deal of the century before. Now, we’re looking for the deal. Hopefully that will work for us!” said Payne.

As for some advice for buyers, Joseph says make sure you do your research, and educate yourself before making that big purchase.

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Successful Future for Cape Coral, FL!

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Economic directors see great futures for Lee, Cape

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The vision for Cape Coral in 2035 is not the same as it was in 1978. Instead of being a bedroom community, it is seen as a bustling city with a thriving economy and a huge corporate presence.

Dana Brunett and Rick Michael, economic directors of Cape Coral and Lee County, respectively, spoke to builders at the monthly Cape Coral Construction Industry Association (CCCIA) meeting Friday to give them their vision of what they expect the area to become in the coming years.

That means attracting businesses that generate real income, and they agreed that success in Lee County means success in Cape Coral and vice versa.

Brunett said the difference in from six years ago to now is night and day. The days of abandoned homes have become days where worldwide television audiences are seeing what the city has become.

“We’re back on the top 10 lists of best cities to live and work in. We’ve turned the corner,” Brunett said. “The best way to grow is to find out who does it best and do it better.”

Brunett anticipates tremendous growth along the Pine Island Road corridor, which is still in need of utilities and where Sam’s Club and a Wal-Mart neighborhood store will soon be coming, and near the VA hospital and the just-opened National Guard Armory to the north where there are 425 acres waiting to be developed.

“It’s exciting to see how things have changed in the last 2 1/2 years. We’ve gone from ‘I hope’ to ‘It is,'” Brunett said. “We’re looking to recruit businesses and create space for them.”

Michael’s view was the same as Brunett’s, only on a more regional and futuristic level. And he wants to leverage the resources of talent and skill.

By 2035, Lee County is expected to have 1.2 million people, nearly double what is has now, Michael said. That means 300,000 more vehicles and between 200,000 and 250,000 jobs.

Cape Coral is anticipated to have roughly 112,000 more jobs.

“We have 30 Publix in Lee County that employ 5,000 people. We expect 20 more by 2035,” Michael said. “We have 27 Wal-Marts in Lee County now. We expect another 21 to 23 in 20 years.”

However, minimum wage jobs aren’t exactly what either is looking for.

“We want levels in the $80,000 and $90,000 range; larger homes and more spendable income,” Michael said. “We want business to generate business air traffic and more flights out of Fort Myers International Airport.”

In the immediate future, Lee County has already secured Hertz. Michael said, and is seeking to have two more corporate relocations in the fall.

For the Cape, a five-minute video was made on the virtues of making the city a great place to work, live and play. Three businesses have made the move, Brunett said, allowing the video to pay for itself.

“The question I had is how this translates into what kind of transition we can expect in the Northwest Cape,” said Stephen Tate of Interface Financial Group, who lives in the sparsely populated area. “We don’t have the infrastructure up there, and yet it has the most space for businesses to come to.”

Former councilman and CCCIA member Marty McClain said the county has an edge on the city in luring businesses and that the city and Brunett have to decide what he wants in the city.

“Lee County has a few more tools to work with regarding impact fees and other incentives. I think Cape Coral is trying to work with that,” McClain said. “I think we’re going to look at the projects and prioritize what we want to bring in. Dana has done a great job here.”

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